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Dates appear in call numbers either at the very end of the number to signify the date of imprint or the date of a conference or within the call number to indicate the year of an election, a census or a law.

When adding the imprint date to a monograph and the date is not simply a single year, the following chart for the appropriate date may be used:

1976? = use = 1976

ca. 1976 = use = 1976

1981, c1980 = use = 1981

1971, c1972 = use = 1972

1979 [i.e. 1978] = use = 1978

1962 or 1963 = use =1962

1969 (1973 printing) = use = 1969

1980 printing, c1957 = use =1957

1979 [distributed] 1980 = use = 1979

1979-1981 = use = 1979

between 1977 and 1980 = use = 1977

1978/79 [i.e. 1978 or 1979] = use = 1978

1977 (cover 1978) = use = 1978

197- = use = 1970z (if corporate body, use 1970)

197-? = use = 1970z (if corporate body, use 1970)

19-- = use = 1900z (if corporate body, use 1900)

19--? = use = 1900z (if corporate body, use 1900)

For a congress or conference simply use the date of the conference, if the conference is the main entry. Otherwise use the imprint date. If the conference date is for more than one year, use the later year, for example 1979-1980, use 1980.

As dates within the call number are often awkward at best. These examples should help to clarify such situations. The numbers are shown both how they should appear on the holding screen and in the book itself.

In order for the call number to appear correctly online, the date must always be preceded by a space.

JK526 1972 i .N68 1992

JK526
1972
.N68
1992

KK2982.4 1972.A7 i B67 1987

KK2982
.4
1972
.A7B67
1987

HA201 1870 i.C45 1976

HA201
1870
.C45
1976

JK526 i 1992j

JK526
1992j

BS715 i 1989

BS715
1989