It’s true that the AACR2 formulation “Edwards, Jonathan, $d 1703-1758. [$t Works.] $k Selections”, although it looks like it might represent a work, actually represents all aggregate works containing selections from the works of Jonathan Edwards. In other words, unless there’s only one, it doesn’t work in RDA and so needs something to distinguish between the different aggregations of Edwards’ selected works.


According to, in order to distinguish different works that otherwise would have the same authorized access point, you can add (a) form of work (b) date of the work (c) place of origin of the work or (d) another distinguishing characteristic, whichever is the most appropriate. In my opinion the date of the work is probably the least helpful to users so I’d avoid it. “another distinguishing characteristic” could include the editor/compiler, a title by which the compilation is known, perhaps the publisher if it’s known by a publisher.


Anyway, Ted is correct, addition of “2013” to the access point for the selections isn’t to bring out an expression of a work, it’s more likely to distinguish between two works that would otherwise have the same authorized access point.




Robert L. Maxwell
Ancient Languages and Special Collections Cataloger
6728 Harold B. Lee Library
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602

"We should set an example for all the world, rather than confine ourselves to the course which has been heretofore pursued"--Eliza R. Snow, 1842.


From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Ian Fairclough
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Subject: use of field 240


PCCLIST readers,


In response to my earlier posts, Ted Gemberling said: "Let’s say we used just the more specific 700, with the Expression date. Why would that be better than using the 240?"


Also, Pete Wilson said: "But I don’t think I have seen any suggestion that a work AAP and an expression AAP based on that work could, or should, both be included in a bib record for a manifestation containing just that one expression.  Why do you want to do that?"


Perhaps other readers can address these issues.  I have more to say, but what follows would likely take a slightly different direction. 


And to provide a "course correction" to remedy the defects that Pete identifies, namely --


"Most importantly, I don’t believe this:

Edwards, Jonathan, $d 1703-1758. $t Works. $k Selections. $f 2013

is an expression of:

Edwards, Jonathan, $d 1703-1758. $t Works. $k Selections"


-- I'd also appreciate other perspectives.  How would you best individuate the particular work that comprises this specific anthology of writings?


Sincerely - Ian


Ian Fairclough

Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarian

George Mason University


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