Julie Renee Moore (California State University, Fresno), Robert B. Freeborn (Penn State University), Jessica Janecki (Duke University), Jessica J. Schomberg (Minnesota State University, Mankato)


Bobby Bothmann (Minnesota State University, Mankato), Kelly McGrath (University of Oregon), Jay Weitz (OCLC)

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This best practices document is intended to assist catalogers in creating bibliographic records for objects, which RDA refers to as three dimensional forms, according to RDA instructions. This document provides guidance for the most common object situations encountered in libraries. Each section includes examples that reflect the RDA instructions. A list of resources and a selection of full MARC record examples illustrating common situations encountered in cataloging objects (of various types) completes the document. The Objects Task Force especially worked on the examples to provide a variety of materials that fall bibliographically under Objects. The Task Force found at least one example of Realia, Toy, Model, Art Original, Game, Microscope Slide, Diorama, and Tactile Three-Dimensional Form.

This document is intended for use with Resource Description and Access (RDA) and the MARC21 Format for Bibliographic Data. This document does not replace the use of RDA, but it works in tandem with RDA to provide best practices guidance in cataloging objects. This document is also not a step-by-step guide on how to catalog objects. The best practice recommendations and cataloging examples presented in the document are intended to clarify RDA principles and instructions used in cataloging objects. These guidelines assume some familiarity with RDA.

Subject analysis is not fully covered in this best practices guide. Classification is not covered. Name and topical subject access points, as well as genre/form information, are not covered fully in this document, although we do provide a section to discuss access points on a very practical level, and certainly, they do appear in the MARC record examples.

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