Tip #17: Cheat Sheet – 5xx Field Order for Sound Recordings

We’ve received several requests for more 5xx field order cheat sheets. Here’s one for sound recordings:


538 Format – system details & requirements
500 Nature and form
546 Language
500 Source of title proper (“Title from container”)
500 Variations in title
500 Parallel titles / Other title information
500 Statement of responsibility (“Based on a poem by”)
511 Cast – featured performers, presenters, narrators (“Narrated by”)
508 Credits (“Music and lyrics by …. ; musical arrangements by …”)
500 Edition and history (“Unabridged”, “Reissue of”, “From the soundtrack of the motion picture”, “Sequel to:”)
518 Date / Time / Place (“Recorded at Music Hall on”)
500 Publication, dist., etc. and date info (“Includes unreleased and previously released material”)
500 Physical description (“Compact disc”)
500 Accompanying materials (“Lyrics inserted in container”)
500 Series (“Originally issued in the series: __”)
521 Audience (“Parental advisory, explicit lyrics”)
530 Other formats (“Issued also on cassette”)
520 Summary
505 Contents
500 Publisher’s number, distributor’s stock numbers, UPC codes
506 Restrictions on access
540 Terms governing use
501 “with” notes

Originally published on December 18, 2009.

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