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2.8. Use of Single Bib Record for Books

Books with the exact same content and in the same format should be combined on the same bibliographic record, even if non-content features such as binding, publisher, shape, size, and pagination differs. The intention is for the NC Cardinal catalog to be as patron friendly as possible to simplify searching, even in cases where official cataloging rules might recommend creating multiple separate records.

Do use a single bibliographic record for books when content is exactly the same to combine:

Hardcovers, trade paperbacks, and mass market paperbacks
Different publishers and pub dates  add a note in the 500 field: Publisher and paging may vary
Differences in shape, size, and pagination
Autographed books (a copy note can go on the item record)

Do NOT use a single bib record for books when the items differ from one another in the following ways:

In these scenarios, a separate bib record is required.

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