Unfortunately, because of the topics, artists, record labels, et al,
discographies vary with the information collected and published.
It's not unlike developing an Index for a book.
Some discographies, like rare auto racing book collections, include
information not used except for serious researchers into older recordings.
Many such collections collect only the information they need depending on
what their work is for or required. An auto race car collection, for
instance, included information about chasis and engine serial numbers, as
they restored and resold such cars.
I developed a 'catalog' style for recordings used at a radio station, a
music publisher, a law library. Each had different criteria for the
Most likely the most complete 'discographical style' will be that found
with archives preserving historically significant recordings.
For that I would contact Indiana University Media Preservation project with
Paul T. Jackson
Steilacoom, WA 98338
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On Mon, Jul 27, 2020, 4:36 PM Hugh Paterson III <[log in to unmask]
> are there any well established stylesheets for discographies? I mean in
> academic publishing we have MLA, APA, Harvard, IEEE, Chicago, etc. So I am
> un familiar with the stylesheets used in discographies.
> Can anyone point me in the right direction?
> - Hugh Paterson III