Tip #99: Republication info in the 500 field

If your book is a reissue of a previously published edition by another publisher and the content has not changed, add this information as an Edition and History note. Look for republication information on the t.p. verso.

If your resource uses the words, ‘first published’ or ‘originally published’, begin the note with: “Originally published:” Otherwise, use the wording, “Previously published” at the beginning of your note.
Exception: Watch out for the words, “First published in _______”. In this case, use the words “Previously published” because it is unknown if the book was published elsewhere at an earlier date.

Add this Edition and History note above the 521 summary field and above any “Includes index.” or “Includes bibliographic references and index.” notes.

When entering republication information in the bibliographic record, use this standardized format: Place : Publisher, Date.


“Originally published by St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1999.”
500 Originally published: New York : St. Martin’s Press, 1999.
“First published by Bywater Books, Ann Arbor, MI.”
500 Originally published: Ann Arbor, MI : Bywater Books.
“Previously published in Boston by Houghton Mifflin, 2001.”
500 Previously published: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2001.

****Be sure to make a space before and after the second colon. As with all 500 notes, the line ends with a period.****

In the fixed fields, the republication date goes in the Date 2 slot. The DtSt field is coded ‘r’. Remember, though, this only applies if the content has not changed. If you don’t know the original publication date, as in the second example, put ‘uuuu’ in the Date 2 field.
Originally published on September 2, 2011.

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