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Dates in call numbersDates 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
KK2982.4 1972.A7 ‡i B67 1987
HA201 1870 ‡ i.C45 1976
JK526 ‡i 1992j
BS715 ‡i 1989
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