Archive for the ‘AACR2 Area 6 Series’ Category

Q: Is it only mandatory to use the 830 field if there is a difference?

A: It used to be that the 830 field was only added when there was a difference in what was found on the source for the series statement and what was found in the Authority File as the established series title, but the practice has changed. Keep in mind that most series titles that are generic will have an established title.  You will always have a 490 field in your record if you have a series statement.

If you use 490 with first indicator 1 – it means you want your series to be traceable and you will use the 830 tag as well.


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Q: What are the punctuation differences between the 490 and 830 fields?

A: The 830 has a nonfiling character indicator and requires punctuation where the 490 does not.

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Q: Is 830 necessary if the 490 from the source is different than what the authority heading says?

A: The 830 can be added even if there is no change in the established heading. This is a common practice.

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Q:  Is the first indicator of a series always 0?

A:  The 490 tag first indicator is zero if you do not add an 830 tag. If you add the 830 tag, you must change the first indicator to a 1.

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Q:  Are 246 and 830 tags considered added entries?

A:  The 246 is a note for varying title. It is an access point but not an added entry. The 830 is a tag for series which is definitely an access point.

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Q:  Can a book have more than one 490 field? I’m seeing a couple of different potential series names for one of the titles.

A:  Yes, they can.  But be careful with multiple series names and research to make sure they are actually series.

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Q:  I’m a little unclear on series added entries. What is the difference between a series being “traced” and one that is “untraced”?

A:  Traced simply means we are providing an access point for a heading, such as the 700 tag.  For untraced series, there will be no 700 tag.

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