Jenn, thanks for raising a topic I've been thinking about too.

I agree that relatedItem is the best choice.

However, I think defining a new type value "reviews" (or "reviewOf" or
similar) for relatedItem will better serve those who want to provide
retrieval services for that type of resource. It would be an attractive
option to code for that specific type in faculty citations in our digital
repository and offer advanced search options for publications that are

[MARC 21 has not defined a linking field specifically for a review, but
UNIMARC has (field tag 470 "Item Reviewed"), and I've seen it used
effectively in records.]

Joe Altimus
Arizona State University Libraries

On Nov 18, 2007 2:09 PM, Riley, Jenn <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'm trying to create a MODS template for book reviews, and I can't figure
> out a good way to indicate the book that's being reviewed.
> In one sense, the book being reviewed is a subject, and one could use
> subject/titleInfo, but this doesn't let you say anything else about the
> book. My immediate need is just for recording title and author of the
> reviewed work, but also including name under subject together with the
> title
> feels wrong somehow. And it doesn't scale to including publication info,
> etc.
> relatedItem seems like a more robust option, but none of the enumerated
> types is appropriate for this case. There's a type="isReferencedBy" - how
> about adding type="references" in a future version of MODS? This could be
> used to record the bibliography of a text, as well.
> The only solution I can think of for now is relatedItem without a type,
> but
> with a displayLabel indicating the relationship, but this is of course a
> hack. :-) Any other ideas?
> Jenn
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