Tip #172: RDA Punctuation

It was decided at the last EI Cataloging Committee meeting not to use RDA punctuation in bibliographic records but to continue to follow ISBD standards. This is an option available in RDA cataloging, and means we can continue to follow our current punctuation rules.

This decision also means if you see RDA style punctuation in a record, it should be changed to ISBD standards. The most common correction you will need to make is to remove the ‘double punctuation’ in some 245 and 250 fields.

Examples:

245 00 |a What happened to Jane?.
245 10 |a Physics for beginners / |c Robert Jones, Jr..
250 __ |a Revised and expanded!.

In each case, the ending period should be deleted.
Originally published on March 22, 2013.


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