“Take What You See and Accept What You Get”
- In the RDA Toolkit, display RDA 1.7.1
Punctuation, Numerals, Symbols, Abbreviations, etc.
Transcribed Elements vs. Recorded Elements
- For transcribed elements, generally accept the data as found on the resource.
- For recorded elements, the found information is often adjusted (for example, the hyphens in an ISBN are omitted).
Language and Script
- When recording all other elements (e.g., extent, notes), record them in the language and script preferred by the agency creating the data (at LC, this is English)
- When adding information within an element, record it in the language and script of the element to which it is being added
- When supplying an entire element, generally supply it in English
- 1.7.1 General Guidelines on Transcription
- 1.7.2 Capitalization
- 1.7.3 Punctuation
- 1.7.4 Diacritical Marks
- 1.7.5 Symbols
- 1.7.6 Spacing of Initials and Acronyms
- 1.7.7 Letters or Words Intended to Be Read More Than Once
- 1.7.8 Abbreviations
- 1.7.9 Inaccuracies
- Punctuation separating different elements. Omit punctuation that separates data to be recorded as one element from data to be recorded as a different element.
- Punctuation separating instances of the same element. Omit punctuation that separates data to be recorded as one element from data recorded as a second or subsequent instance of the same element.
- Add punctuation, as necessary, for clarity. [For example if the Title appears on the source of information with each word on a separate line then Comma can be added for clarity]