Tip #141: Ending Punctuation Cheat Sheet

Can’t remember if a field needs a period? Don’t know if a period is needed after a set of brackets? Here’s a cheat sheet to help.

Ending Punctuation Cheat Sheet

Note: A mark of punctuation is a period (.), a question mark (?), an exclamation mark (!), or a hyphen (-).

Field 020 does not end in a period.
Field 028 does not end in a period.
Field 1xx ends with a mark of punctuation or a closing parenthesis.
Field 245 ends with a period, even when another mark of punctuation is present, unless the last word in the field has its own punctuation, such as an abbreviation, initial/letter, or data that ends with a period.
Field 246 does not end in a mark of punctuation unless the final word has its own period, such as an abbreviation, initial/letter, or data that ends in a period.
Field 250 ends in a period, even if there’s and ending parenthesis or bracket.
Field 260 ends with a mark of punctuation, a closing parenthesis, or a closing bracket.
Field 300 ends with a period if there is a 490 field. If no 490, then the 300 ends with a mark of punctuation or a closing parenthesis.
Field 490 does not end in a mark of punctuation unless the final word has its own.
Field 500 ends with a mark of punctuation. A period follows an ending parenthesis or bracket. If the note is a quoted note, the period should be inside the ending quotation mark.
Field 504 ends with a mark of punctuation. A period follows an ending parenthesis or bracket.
Field 505 ends with a mark of punctuation. A period follows an ending parenthesis or bracket. However, if the note is incomplete or continues in another 505 field, there is no ending punctuation unless the final word has its own.
Field 508 ends with a mark of punctuation. A period follows an ending parenthesis or bracket.
Field 511 ends with a mark of punctuation. A period follows an ending parenthesis or bracket.
Field 520 ends with a mark of punctuation. A period follows an ending parenthesis or bracket.
Field 521 ends with a mark of punctuation. A period follows an ending parenthesis or bracket.
Field 538 ends with a mark of punctuation. A period follows an ending parenthesis or bracket.
Field 6xx ends with a mark of punctuation or a closing parenthesis. However, if the final subfield is |2, |3, or |4, the mark of punctuation precedes it.
Field 7xx ends with a mark of punctuation or a closing parenthesis. However, if the final subfield is |3, or |4, the mark of punctuation precedes it.
Field 8xx ends with a mark of punctuation or a closing parenthesis. However, if the final subfield is |3, or |4, the mark of punctuation precedes it.

Field 245 examples:

245 00 |a Dark shadows |h[videorecording].
245 10 |a Where’s Waldo?.
245 14 |a The life of Susan B.

Field 250 example:

250 __ |a [Blu-Ray version].
250 __ |a Library ed.

Field 655 example:

655 _7 |a Audiobooks. |2 lcgft

Originally published on July 13, 2012.


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