Tip #72: Unformatted Contents Note (500 field)

Use an unformatted contents note to provide general information about the contents of a resource that is not described elsewhere in the record.

500 Special features: Filmmaker commentary, deleted scenes, and music video.
500 Includes reading group guide (p. 324-325).
500 Adoption records do not include years 1842-1847.
500 Includes excerpt from So enchanting by Connie Brockway (p. [379]-388).
500 “Includes 10 sing-along songs!”
500 “An official training publication of the American Kennel Club”–Cover.
500 Includes index.

As with all 500 notes, end the field with a period, question mark, exclamation point or hyphen. Use a period even if the statement ends in brackets or parenthesis.

Place an Unformatted Contents Note above the 505 field.
Use quotation marks if quoting from the item in hand. Follow the quote by an indication of its source unless that source is the chief source of information.

A 505 Formatted Contents Note is used to list contents of a collection or headings from the Table of Contents. If the resource includes bibliographical references as well as an index, combine this information in a 504.
Originally published on February 18, 2011.

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