What you learned in library school is correct in principle, but the title
page upon which the authorized heading was based may have shown different
usage from what you see, and/or rules in AACR2r chap. 22 may have required
or permitted additional elements in the heading. The latter appears to be
the case with Applegate: the fuller form of the person's name was added
under the provisions of AACR2r 22.18. If there is an authority record for
the person in question, change the heading on the bibliographic record to
match the authority record.
There is no easy answer for the Wilson example. When the name on the chief
source matches several different authority records, you need to do a little
research. Compare the topic, publication date, and any other information
you have with the data given in the authority record 670 field(s). Search
your catalog (or LCs, etc.) for other records by the different persons with
the same or similar name to determine if their is any similarity with what
each person writes and the topic of your work. Then, in the immortal words
of John Byrum, "make a decision and move on."
Hope the above helps.
James Maccaferri, Ph.D.
Dept. of Library Science
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
>Ladies and Gentlemen
> I'm having a problem I'm hoping you can help me solve. I was taught in
>my cataloguing classes in library school that the author's name comes
>>from the title page of a book (when entering information into the card
>catalog). In the system that I'm now using, after I enter authors,
>titles, subject headings, I have to go to the system's authority control
>to verify the headings. Many times, what I have from the title page isn't
>what's in the authority control. How do I tell what's correct? For example
>let's use K.A. Applegate. On the title page of every Animorphs book, the
>author's name is K. A. Applegate. The authority control lists her (I
>didn't know it was a "her') as Applegate, K. (Kathryn) A. (Alice) . How am
>I supposed to know that K.A. Applegate is the name person as Kathryn Alice
>Applegate? That was an easy one. What about David Wilson? My authority
>control gives me Wilson, David Henry, 1937-. I can't tell if my David
>Wilson is David Henry Wilson. I check the LoC authority control but I
>can't begin to tell you how many David Wilsons (with or without a middle
>name, with or without birth/death dates) are listed! How do I choose
>what's right? Any suggestions?
> Thanks in advance for your help.