On Feb 19, 2005, at 4:15 PM, Karen Coyle wrote:
> In your example, you have an "authoritative" form, J Edgar Hoover,
> you can always reduce to JE Hoover if you want. But you can't expand it
> to John Edgar Hoover, which is his full name. If you want to carry all
> forms of his name in a MODS record you will need J Edgar Hoover, which
> is how it will appear in citations, as well as John Edgar Hoover, which
> is a variant form of his name. Or a better example is T.C. Boyle, who
> wrote his first books under the name T. Coraghessan Boyle. If you put
> both of the forms of his name in your MODS record, how will you know
> which one is authoritative?
This shows exactly the problem I would like MADS (and I guess later
MODS) to solve :-)
As for how I figure out which version of a name to use (for example, a
colleague who in some place has published under "Jane S. Doe" and
elsewhere under "Jane Doe"): I make an educated guess.