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Cataloguing Resources

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Cataloguing 101

5 minutes on Bibliographic Control

Library of Congress Frequently Asked Questions about Cataloguing

The Evolving Catalog / Karen Coyle – history of library catalogues and associated technology

The MARC of Quality - Useful self-directed online tutorials for beginning cataloguers from Deborah Fritz. Access under the ‘Foundations’ heading in the left-hand menu.
1. MARC21 in Your Library. Part 1, MARC and Bibliographic Information: The Underlying Fundamentals.
2. MARC for Copy Cats. Part 1


Dewey Decimal Classification

025.431: the Dewey blog 'Everything you always wanted to know about the Dewey Decimal Classification system but were afraid to ask'

Library of Congress Classification

Cataloging & Classification quarterly Table of contents abstracts available free online. Journal articles available through Interloan.

Subject access

Library of Congress Authorities Search authority records, with facility to print, E-mail and download

Library of Congress Subject Headings Weekly Lists Weekly lists of new and changed subject headings

Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms PDF Files

Library of Congress Demographic Group Terms PDF Files

Thesaurus for Graphic Materials Tool for indexing visual materials by subject and by genre/format.

Ngā Ūpoko Tukutuku - Māori Subject Headings

Iwi-Hapū Names Names from this list can be used as LCSH headings in bibliographic records by adding (New Zealand people) as a qualifier.

New Zealand Gazetteer of Place Names

OCLC Music Toolkit This a tool which automatically generates faceted terms for music resources based on bibliographic data already present in a record.

OLAC video game genre vocabulary (olacvggt) A controlled vocabulary of genre terms for cataloguing video games, created and maintained by OLAC Inc. (Online Audiovisual Catalogers).  

Bibliographic files

The National Library of New Zealand provides access to the following files of bibliographic records, on the National Library website:

  • NDHA items – a monthly file of freely available items added to the National Library catalogue from the National Digital Heritage Archive during that month


Publications New Zealand Record of New Zealand publications listed in the National Bibliography, from books to films to maps

Tiaki Provides access to descriptions of the unpublished manuscripts and pictures collections of New Zealand and Pacific material in the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Authority control Value of authority control

Library of Congress Authorities Search authority records, with facility to print, E-mail and download

Virtual International Authority File Joint project of several national libraries, matching and linking their authority files and making them available on the Web

ID.LOC.GOV provides both interactive and machine access to commonly used ontologies, controlled vocabularies, and other lists for bibliographic description

MARC standards

MARC21 format for bibliographic data

MARC21 format for holdings data

MARC21 format for authority data

ANSI/NISO Z39.71 Holdings Statements for Bibliographic Items

ISBN Converter Converts 10-digit to 13-digit ISBNs

Last updated: January 16, 2019 (JHS)