In a message dated 11/27/00 8:17:45 AM Eastern Standard Time,
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> Is there a publication that defines the correct punctuation to be used in
> MARC records? Usually the examples given in MARC 21 Concise Format are a
> good guide, but complex fields such as 610 and 611 can be difficult to
> punctuate correctly.
MARC21 is only the carrier of cataloging data. The rules for punctuation are
actually defined not by MARC but by whatever cataloging codes you're
following. Therefore, 610 is usually punctuated following Anglo-American
Cataloging Rules, 2nd ed.
The "MARC punctuation" in the 2xx through 4xx fields is actually AACR2
punctuation, which incorporates the conventions of ISBD (International
Standard Bibliographic Description.
Hope this helps.
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