Friday, February 13, 2009

Cataloging Resources Bibliography

The following document is a bibliography of essential cataloging resources that are available in print and online. It was compiled in 2008 by Bonnie Collins, Maine Infonet Cataloging Specialist.

Cataloging Resources

The following general cataloging tools include information on cataloging monographs and continuous resources in both print and non-book format. Dates and edition information for print resources frequently updated with new editions are not included here. Please check for the most recent edition before borrowing through interlibrary loan or ordering.

General Cataloging Tools

Print Resources

Anglo-American Cataloging Rules. Chicago: American Library Association.

Fritz, Deborah A. Cataloging With AACR2 and MARC 21: For Books, Electronic Resources, Sound Recordings, Videorecordings, and Serials. Loose-leaf ed. Chicago: American Library Association.

Gorman, Michael. The Concise AACR2. Chicago: American Library Association.

Haynes, Elizabeth and Joanna F. Fountain. Unlocking the Mysteries of Cataloging : A Workbook of Examples. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, Inc., 2005.

Intner, Sheila S. and Jean Weihs. Standard Cataloging for School and Public Libraries. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, Inc.

Maxwell, Robert L. Maxwell's Handbook for AACR2R: Explaining and Illustrating the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules through the 2003 Update. Chicago: American Library Association, 2004.

Mortimer, Mary. Learn Descriptive Cataloging. Basic Library Skills, No. 3. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2000.

Task Force on an Appendix of Major and Minor Changes Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access Cataloging and Classification Section. Differences between Changes within: Guidelines on When to Create a New Record. Chicago: Association for Library Collections & Technical Services a division of the American Library Association, 2004.

Taylor, Arlene G. Introduction to Cataloging and Classification. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, Inc.

Internet Resources

American Library Association. Chicago: American Library Association. Home page for the American Library Association; provides access to the ALA store

Association of American Publishers. New York: Association of American Publisher, Inc. Current information about publishers and publishing including copyright resources

Bibliographic Services. Hattiesburg, MS: University of Southern Mississippi Libraries. Includes information on acquisitions, cataloging, authority control, serials and preservation

Cataloger’s Reference Shelf. The Library Corporation. “A component of the help systems in ITS for Windows and the Library Solution integrated online library system, is published in web format and is available for free use by any cataloger with a web browser.”

Cataloging, Classification, Authority Work. Lewiston, ME: Bates College. Cataloging guides and manuals

Cataloguer’s Tool Box. Memorial University of Newfoundland. Useful cataloging tips and web links

OCLC Bibliographic Formats and Standards. Dublin, Ohio: OCLC. Tagging conventions, input standards and guidelines for entering information

University of Buffalo Central Technical Services. Buffalo, NY: University of Buffalo Libraries. University of Buffalo’s cataloging manuals

Authority Control

Print Resources

Ferguson, Bobby. MARC/AACR2/Authority Control Tagging: A Blitz Cataloging Workbook. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, Inc.

Internet Resources

Library of Congress Authorities. Library of Congress authority files including cross references, genre terms and children’s headings; search for names, subject, titles, and names/titles

Children’s Collections

Print Resources

Cataloging Correctly for Kids: an Introduction to the Tools edited by Sheila Intner, Joanna F. Fountain, and Jane E. Gilchrist. Chicago: American Library Association.

Karpuk, Deborah. KidzCat: A How-to-do-it Manual. New York: Neal-Schuman, Inc., 2007.

Dewey Decimal Classification

Internet Resources

Dewey Decimal Classification Home Page. Dublin, Ohio: OCLC. Includes information on the latest editions of Dewey Decimal Classification Schedules as well as weekly lists and other pertinent data about DDC.

Graphic Novels

Print Resources

Goldsmith, Francisca. Graphic Novels Now: Building, Managing and Marketing a Dynamic Collection. Chicago: American Library Association, 2005.

Gorman, Michele. Getting Graphic! : Using Graphic Novels to Promote Literacy with Preteens and Teens. New York: Linworth Publishing, 2003.

Miller, Steve. Developing and Promoting Graphic Novel Collections. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2005.

Pawuk, Michael. Graphic Novels: a Genre Guide to Comic Books, Manga, and More. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2007.

Internet Resources

Cataloging Graphic Novels. University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign. Graphic Novels.doc

Gatley, Randy, Christine Wallace and Donna Waye. Boom: Graphic Novel Explosion @ Your Library.

Gorman, Michele. What Teens Want: Thirty Graphic Novels You Can't Live Without. School Library Journal.

Lewis & Clark Library System. Cataloging Graphic Novels.

Hankins, Laura, compiler. LRS Field Initiated Study: Graphic Novels in Public Libraries. Boulder Colorado Library.

Tarulli, Laurel. Cataloguing Graphic Novels and Graphic Non-Fiction, Part I and Part II.

International Standard Book Number (ISBN) and International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

Internet Resources

ISBN Check Digit. Kingston, ON: School of Computing, Queen’s University. Simple tool for validating ISBNs.

ISSN is for Serials. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, National Serials Data Program. Last update 04/08/2003. Fact sheet on ISSN

National Serials Data Program. Library of Congress. Last update 06/19/2007 Information on ISSNs and serial publishing

MARC Format

Print Resources

Fritz, Deborah A. Cataloging With AACR2 and MARC 21: For Books, Electronic Resources, Sound Recordings, Videorecordings, and Serials. Loose-leaf ed. Chicago: American Library Association.

Internet Resources

Marc 21 Concise Format for Bibliographic Data. Washington, DC: Library of Congress. Last update 03/12/2008. MARC 21 tables and information for bibliographic records

Non-book Materials

Print Resources

Cataloging Internet Resources: A Manual and Practical Guide. Nancy B, Olson, editor. Dublin, Ohio: OCLC.

Ferguson, Bobby. Cataloging Nonprint Materials: Blitz Cataloging Workbook. Workbook ed. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, Inc., 1998.

Hsieh-Yee, Ingrid. Organizing Audiovisual and Electronic Resources for Access : A Cataloging Guide. 2nd ed. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, Inc., 2006.

Mitchell , Anne M. and Brian E. Surratt. Cataloging and Organizing Digital Resources: A How-to-do-it Manual. New York: Neal-Schuman, Inc., 2005.

Weber, Mary Beth. Cataloging Nonprint and Internet Resources: A How-to-do-it Manual for Librarians, No. 113. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., 2002.

Internet Resources

Allmovie Guide. Ann Arbor, Mich.: All Media Guide, c2008. Up-to-date information including director, genre/type, flags, MPAA rating, themes, tones, production/release data, plot synopsis and web links

Guide to Cataloging DVDs Using AACR2 Chapters 7 and 9. Created by the DVD Cataloging Task Force Cataloging Policy Committee Online Audiovisual Catalogers, Inc. Last update 10/15/2002. Tool for cataloging DVDS.

Online Audiovisual Catalogers, Cataloging Policy Committee. Buffalo, N.Y.: University of Buffalo Libraries. Last update 06/23/2008. Cataloging information and website linksCovers a verity of topics including cataloging, authority control and serials

Useful Web Sites for AV Catalogers. Buffalo, NY: OLAC Web Site, last update 11/28/2007. Online resources for cataloging AV material

Summary notes (MARC 520)

Internet Resources

The following Internet resources are recommended by Minerva members as possible sources of summary information that may be used in the 520 field of bibliographic records.

For brief summaries of fiction try Novelist from Marvel. This source provides succinct abstracts of most titles. Novelist K-8 is very helpful for children's items; look for the "KIDS!" logo on the Marvel page.

Both (Minuteman Library Network) and were recommended as useful.

For series information, check out

For mystery series information try

For hard to find hard to find children’s items may be useful.

Subject Headings

Print Resources

American Library Association. Guidelines on Subject Access to Individual Works of Fiction, Drama, Etc. Chicago: American Library Association, 2000. (Currently out of print but available from

Chan, Lois Mai. Library of Congress Subject Headings: Principles and Application. Library and Information Science Text Series. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, Inc.

Ganendran, Jacki. Learn Library of Congress Subject Access: Library Basics, No. 4. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2000.

Library of Congress, Library Policy and Support Office. Free-floating Subdivisions: an Alphabetical Index. Washington, D.C.: L C Cataloging Distribution Service. Available from the Library of Congress. (

Internet Resources

Library of Congress Authorities:

Library of Congress weekly lists of new headings: OCLC list of DDC and LC subject headings.

GSAFD Terms. Dublin, Ohio: Powered by OCLC’s OAIcat. List of GSAFD genre terms.

Internet sites listing useful Web subject heading resources: Internet Library for Librarians, a list of web addresses related to subject headings and classification. This is great site.

Web resource on Free Floating Subdivisions: A partial list of free floating subdivisions.

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