Note: this page was created with music cataloging in mind.
For music-specific instructions, see Recording preferred titles for musical works (RDA 6.14)
|A title of the work is a word, character, or group of words and/or characters by which a work is known.
There are two categories of titles that identify works:
|(126.96.36.199) Sources of information|
|Take the title or titles of the work from any source.|
|(188.8.131.52) General guidelines on recording a title|
|When recording a title of a work, apply the guidelines on capitalization, numbers, diacritical marks, initial articles, spacing of initials and acronyms, and abbreviations, at 184.108.40.206-220.127.116.11|
|Capitalize the first word or the abbreviation of the first word in a title and in a title of a part, section, or supplement.
Capitalize other words within titles applying the guidelines given in Appendix A, as applicable to the language involved.
Other Terms Associated with Titles of Works
Thematic index numbers (see 6.16): follow the capitalization practice used in the thematic index
Titles with unusual capitalization: follow the capitalization of the title as found on the source of information.
Do not capitalize:
|(18.104.22.168) Numbers expressed as numerals or as words|
|Record numbers expressed as numerals or as words in the form in which they appear on the source of information|
|Record diacritical marks such as accents appearing in a title for a work as they appear on the source of information.
Optional addition: Add diacritical marks such as accents that are not present on the source of information. Follow the standard usage for the language of the data.
|(22.214.171.124) Initial articles|
|The rule says to include the article, but LC applies the alternative:
Omit an initial article unless the title for a work is to be accessed under that article (e.g., a title that begins with the name of a person or place).
|(126.96.36.199) Spacing of initials and acronyms and Punctuation and spacing (LC-PCC PS for 1.7.1)|
|(1.7.3) Punctuation: Transcribe punctuation as it appears on the source, omitting punctuation on the source that separates data to be recorded as one element from data to be recorded as a different element, or as a second or subsequent instance of an element.
Punctuation/spacing within access points and ending access points
The marks of punctuation are:
|Use the abbreviations that are integral parts of the title of the work.|