Appendix F: Reference Sources

Topical Research

See also:
Additional Guidelines: Beinecke

(* = on the Cataloger's Desktop. For a password, contact the Chief Catalog Librarian.)

General Standards

*RDA Toolkit.

*Betz, Elisabeth W. Graphic Materials: rules for describing original items and historical collections. (1982). Cataloger's Desktop version includes 1996 update.

*Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS). Society of American Archivists (2004).

*Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Books. (DCRB) (1991).

Library of Congress: general standards
*Chronological Headings and Subdivisions.
Classification Web. Includes Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). For a password, contact the Chief Catalog Librarian.
*Free-Floating Subdivisions.
*Rule Interpretations.
*Subject Cataloging Manual.

Library of Congress: MARC standards
*Code List for Geographic Areas.
*Code List for Languages.
*Code List for Relators, Sources, Description Conventions.
Links for concise formats (see Cataloger's Desktop for full information):
*Format for Authority Data.
*Format for Bibliographic Data.
*Format for Holdings Data.


Art and Architecture Thesaurus. (AAT)

Association of College and Research Libraries Thesauri for Use in Rare Book and Special Collections Cataloging (additions and changes may be found on the RBMS website):
Binding Terms. (1988).
Genre Terms. (1991).
Paper Terms. (1990).
Printing and Publishing Evidence. (1986).
Type Evidence. (1990).

*Thesaurus for Graphic Materials. Section II: Genre and Physical Characteristic Terms

*Standard Citation Forms for Published Bibliographies and Catalogs Used in Rare Book Cataloging. (1982).

Yale Websites

Cataloging and Metadata Services (CMS)

Authority Control at Yale

Cataloging in Orbis


Orbis authority file (Local Database). Access through Voyager cataloging module.

Library of Congress Authorities.

Old Yale card catalog. In Sterling Library. Useful for verifying names that do not require authority records.

The National union catalog, pre-1956 imprints. Useful for verifying names that do not require authority records.

Topical Research

Authority Control at Yale. Biographical Resources and Geographical Resources.

Irving S. Gilmore Music Library. Music Cataloging at Yale.

Research Tools on the Yale University Library website.

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Manuscript Cataloging Guidelines
Appendix A: Single Manuscript Instructions
Beinecke Manuscript Cataloging Manual