On Jul 30, 2004, at 5:44 PM, Karen Coyle wrote:
> If this is all you've got:
> H.R. 24, 107th Congr. § 2 (Jan. 3, 2001)
> then you've not got much to go on in terms of bibliographic metadata.
> This is like having a journal citation that reads:
> JAMA, 57(11), pp. 73-84
> It would get you there, but there's nothing really "bibliographic"
Yes, sorry; I should have been clear about that. It was indeed just a
> The citation here is essentially an identifier, and if it was in
> addition to some bibliographic metadata it might be in an identifier
> field or even a uniform title (see below). The bill DOES have a title
> (in this case "Probation Officers' Protection Act of 2001" from the
> Thomas database), but if you don't have that it's like having a URL but
> no name of the document.
> In other words, I don't think that library cataloging or MODS will be
> terribly useful here, unless you have more info. As an aside, however,
> the Congressional bill database (http://thomas.loc.gov) treats "H.R.
> as the "number" for the bill.
Ahh, that starts to make sense. Maybe the "H.R. 24" is then a part
detail. Perhaps have a genre value of "legislation" and then the
<detail type="house bill"><number>24</number></detail>