In a message dated 11/27/00 8:17:45 AM Eastern Standard Time, [log in to unmask] writes: > 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. > Rick Gildemeister answered: Graham, 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. Rick Gildemeister [log in to unmask] And I add this: True, punctuation is dictated by "whatever cataloging codes you're following", yet some are to be included within the MARC record and others have to be "system generated", as MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data: Including Guidelines for Content Designation (1999) specifically states in some cases. (E.g: the parenthesis around the series, fields, 440, 490, 830..., must not be included, but system generated). As far as I know, only the MARC 21 format itself (non concise) states wich ones must not be included. I guess you should try to get the MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data: Including Guidelines for Content Designation (1999) unless somebody knows another source. I hope this helps too. Sincerely yours, Nicolas Rucks, Referencia, Biblioteca Central, FCEN, UBA (Argentina).