Tip #41: Place of Publication

When cataloging in Evergreen, the place of publication almost always means the city of publication. Transcribe the place of publication as it appears on the resource.
For clarification, you can also add a qualifier such as state or country. If the qualifier does not appear on your item, put it in brackets. Use the Cataloging Calculator to look up the AACR2 abbreviation.
If the postal abbreviation is used on your resource, you can use that instead of the AACR2 abbreviation.

260 |a New York :
260 |a Brighton, Colo. : (AACR2 abbreviation for Colorado)
260 |a Parker, CO : (The postal code abbreviation was used on the item)
260 |a Dortmund [Germany] : (The country name was not on the item)

If more than one place is given on your item and the US location is not named first, enter the first place named, then add the US location in another subfield ‘a’. Note the punctuation:

260 |a Toronto, Ont. ; |a New York :

If the place of publication does not appear on your item but you’re pretty sure of the location, put it in brackets with or without a question mark. If you really don’t know where it was published, enter [S.I.]:

260 |a [United States?]
260 |a [S.I.] :

If the item has not been published, do not even enter a subfield ‘a’. You can just enter the date in a subfield ‘c’:

260 |c 2010.
260 |c [2009?]

Remember, the place of publication in the 260 field must match the Ctry code in the fixed fields. If there is more than one subfield ‘a’, enter the code for the first place listed. If the place of publication is unknown, enter ‘xxu’. You can find the Ctry codes by using the Cataloging Calculator and selecting the Country Codes search option.
Originally published on June 25, 2010.

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