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RDA Training 4: Cataloging Legal Resources (These presentations on RDA (Resource Description and Access) were created by Clara Liao, Head of Cataloging at the Georgetown University Law Library, for internal training purposes. Please direct any questions or comments to Clara at

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Clara RDA Training 4

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  3. 3. Note there is a big difference of LC treating subject compilation between AACR225.15A1 and RDA in If a subject compilation lacks a collective title, construct anauthorized access point representing the compilation using a devised title formulatedaccording to the instructions in RDA 25.15 A1 LCRI: If a subject compilation lacks both a citation title and acollective title, use the uniform title of the first law in the collection (even if the titlepage title is identical with this uniform title).NOTE: for single law, AACR2 25.15 has one more rule: If there are several different laws, etc., with the same title entered under the headingfor the same jurisdiction, add the year of promulgation.United Kingdom[Education Act (1944)] 3
  4. 4. Session laws: add to "Laws, etc." the phrase "Session laws" followed by the date(s)covered. Enclose temporary date(s) in angle brackets. If the public laws and privatelaws or general laws and special laws are regularly published as separate editions,add "Public laws" and "Private laws" or "General laws" and "Special laws," asappropriate, after the date(s) 4
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  6. 6. AACR2 25.16 B2: Use as the uniform title for a treaty, etc., between four or moreparties the name by which the treaty is known. Use an English name if there is one.Add, in parentheses, the year, earlier year, or earliest year of signing.RDA It’s not required to use English name if available; in addition; noabbreviations in the date. 6
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  11. 11. NOTE: RDA 19.2 and 19.3 dont say anything about what should be a main accesspoint (i.e. authorized access point) and what should be a variant access point. Theyjust tell you what should be recorded in the element Creator or the element OtherPerson, Family or Corporate Body Associated with Legal Works. A work can havemore than one creator, and in most cases the creator or the first-named creator willalso be used in the authorized access point, but not always. Laws enacted by adifferent jurisdiction are a case in point. 11
  12. 12. Note in AACR2 21.31.B2: Make added entries under the headings for the jurisdictionsgoverned if there are two or three. If there are four or more jurisdictions and they arenamed in the chief source of information of the item being catalogued, make anadded entry under the heading for the one named first. If all the laws are enacted bya single jurisdiction, make an added entry under the heading for the enactingjurisdiction. Add a uniform title as instructed in 25.15A to each added entry heading.RDA: no rule of 3, you may list all the jurisdictions; if there is collective title, based onLCPS 25.1, use 505 to list all the laws/jurisdiction; first law/predominant law isrequired as additional access point; if no collective title, list all the title in 245, no 505needed, but you may still use first law/predominant law as additional access point oryou may choose list all of them. 12
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  14. 14. LCPS major types of U.S. publications that are covered by RDA are thefollowing:1.rules or regulations: statements of general or specific applicability designed toimplement or interpret law or policy;2.licenses: permits, certificates, or other forms of permission;3.advisory opinions: advice regarding proposed action; the advice is not binding butserves only to convey authoritative interpretations of statutes or regulations;4.decisions: statements adjudicating controversies that arise from the violation orinterpretation of statutes and administrative regulations or rules. Such a function isperformed by special boards of review, administrative law judges, hearing examiners,and other officers through administrative decisions.NOTE: for laws and regulations issued together, there is a difference between AACR2and RDA. AACR2 21.32A2 will established authorized access point based the firstnamed entity, but RDA alternative and LCPS will make the access point underlaw. 14
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  16. 16. NOTE: here again confusing part, promulgating agency is creator, but it should not beput in MARC 110 since based on court governed should be treated asauthorized access point. Promulgating agency as creator is a core element, which isrequired. 16
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  20. 20. NOTE:In AACR2 21.35A1, signatories within 2-3, list others other than the main accesspoint; AACR2 21.35.A2, 4 or more signatories, list the home country if it’s a signatory;or the first named on in the resourcein LCRI 21.35A1, LC will not add various access points for other signatories to thetreaty, but will add to authority records as reference access points.BUT RDA add all other signatories, they will be considered as “Creator” as inRDA, no number limit, but only the first one is required as core element. Forbilateral treaty, both sides are core elements.NOTE: In AACR2 21.35A1 if agreement between multiple (2 or more ) nationalgovernments, construct main access point under first government according toEnglish alphabet. RDA, no such rule. 20
  21. 21. Note:1 If no consistency in order in which governments are named, use govt. named first infirst resource received2. If first signatory can’t be determined use preferred title of treaty 21
  22. 22. RDA For a treaty or other agreement between two or more of the following:a)national governmentsb)international intergovernmental bodiesc)the Holy Seed)jurisdictions now below the national level but retaining treaty-making powersconstruct additional variant access points using the authorized access pointsrepresenting each of the signatories to the treaty, etc. (other than the one used toconstruct the authorized access point). Make additions to the variant access pointsNOTE: only bilateral treaty, the other party is required as various access points as acore element. 22
  23. 23. Note: As creators, only the first signatory of the treaties is the core element and isrequired. 23
  24. 24. NOTE: report of one court (recent updates) 24
  25. 25. Here is the reference list. Very useful. However, nothing can compare with readingthrough the rules by yourself. 25
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