1.A. Preliminary rule

1.A.1. Punctuation
Developed from ISBD (NBM) Area 1, Punctuation pattern
Precede the title of a supplement or section by a full stop, space (. ).
Enclose the general material designation in square brackets ([]).
Precede each parallel title by a space, equals sign, space ( = ).
Precede each unit of other title information by a space, colon, space ( : ).
Precede the first statement of responsibility by a space, slash, space ( / ).
Precede each subsequent statement of responsibility by a space, semicolon, space( ; ).
For the punctuation of this area for items without a collective title, see 1G.

1.A.2. Sources of information
Expanded from AACR2 1.0A1, 1.0A2, 1.1A2
See also: 1.B.1.6, 1.B.7.1, 1.B.7.10
Take information recorded in this area from:

  • the item itself (including any permanently affixed labels, or title frames);
  • accompanying textual material (e.g. cassette insert, CD slick, inlay or booklet, recording/project accompanying documentation such as correspondence, donor agreements, recordist's worksheets, script, transcript, cue sheet);
  • a container that is an original part of the item (e.g. sound cartridge, videocassette, sleeve, container for video); or from
  • a secondary source such as reference or research works, a publisher's or distributor's brochure, broadcast programme schedule, abstract, index or other available finding aid, container which is not an original part of the item (e.g. a film can used to store a reel of film, tape box for storing audio tape), or the audiovisual content of the item itself.

If the information is taken from a secondary source, cite the source in a note, if appropriate (see 7.B.3).

Based on FIAF 0.3.8, 0.4Enclose information in square brackets only when it is not available from any of the above sources of information, and where it is supplied by the archive or cataloguing agency on the basis that the information:
is known, or
is at least probable, and/or
in the case of title information, has been devised in the absence of a title in the sources of information, and/or constructed from available or known information.  

Where this information is uncertain give a question mark after it.

1.A.3. Order of information
From AACR2 1.1A2

Give the data elements in the order prescribed in the following rules, even if this means transposing data. However, transcribe the data as found if case endings are affected, if the grammatical construction of the data would be disturbed, or if one element is inseparably linked to another.