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mods:note [Recommended]

Local Practices and Interpretations

This element should only be used for information which cannot be encoded in another, more specific MODS element. This element is repeatable.

Supported Descendant Elements and Attributes


For the note categories listed below, use the type attribute from the first column. If your note category is not listed, check the list of notes which map to other MODS elements (see below). If your note category is not in that list, use mods:note but omit the type attribute.

The following is a list of supported mods:note/@type values, and the text strings to which they resolve:

Type Label Text MARC Analog Notes
bibliography Bibliography MARC 504
bindingInfo Binding Information MARC 563
credits Credits MARC 508
exhibitions Exhibition History MARC 585
explicit Explicit none
funding Funding MARC 536
incipit Incipit none
numberingPecularities Numbering MARC 515 This is intended for serials, not, say, pagination or foliation of a discreet unit
participantPerformer Participants MARC 511 if there is a heading for a participating body with an appropriate mods:role/mods:roleTerm, then there is no need to list that body in this note.
perspective Perspective none
preferredCitation Preferred Citation MARC 524
provenance Provenance MARC 541, MARC 561
statementOfResponsibility Responsibility MARC 245 ‡c
supplement Supplement MARC 525
titleSrc Title Source MARC 500
venue Event/Venue MARC 518
with With MARC 501

There are MARC 5XX fields that map to elements other than mods:note. See below for a mapping of those MARC/MODS elements. MARC note equivalencies that are not currently implemented at PUL can be implemented at any time, though the types currently supported by PUL are based on our current usage of MODS (versus VRA or EAD).

MARC tag MARC Label MODS Mapping Notes
MARC 502 Dissertation mods:relatedItem[@type='isReferencedBy']
MARC 505 Contents mods:tableOfContents
MARC 506 Restrictions on Access mods:accessCondition
MARC 510 Citation/References mods:relatedItem[@type='isReferencedBy']
MARC 520 Summary, etc. mods:abstract
MARC 521 Target Audience mods:targetAudience MODS element Not currently implemented @ PUL
MARC 530 Additional Physical Form Available mods:relatedItem[@type='otherFormat'] MODS element Not currently implemented @ PUL
MARC 533 Reproduction mods:relatedItem[@type='otherFormat'] MODS element Not currently implemented @ PUL
MARC 534 Original Version mods:relatedItem[@type='original'] MODS element Not currently implemented @ PUL
MARC 535 Location of Originals/Duplicates mods:relatedItem[@type='original']/mods:location MODS element Not currently implemented @ PUL
MARC 540 Terms Governing Use and Reproduction mods:accessCondition[@type='useAndReproduction']
MARC 546 Language mods:language
MARC 555 Cumulative Index/Finding Aids mods:relatedItem[@type='isReferencedBy'] or mods:relatedItem[@type='host']
MARC 562 Copy and Version Identification mods:relatedItem[@type='otherVersion'] MODS element Not currently implemented @ PUL
MARC 581 Publications About Described Materials mods:relatedItem[@type='isReferencedBy']

The following MARC notes have no MODS equivalence supported at PUL

MARC Field Label Note
MARC 507 Scale for Graphic Material Generally, graphic materials should be cataloged in VRA
MARC 513 Type of Report and Period Covered
MARC 514 Data Quality
MARC 516 Type of Computer File or Data
MARC 522 Geographic Coverage
MARC 526 Study Program Information
MARC 538 System Details
MARC 541 Immediate Source of Acquisition
MARC 544 Location of Other Archival Materials
MARC 545 Biographical or Historical
MARC 547 Former Title Complexity
MARC 550 Issuing Body
MARC 552 Entity and Attribute Information
MARC 556 Information About Documentation
MARC 565 Case File Characteristics
MARC 567 Methodology
MARC 580 Linking Entry Complexity
MARC 583 Action Note For our purposes, this is likely to be included with technical metadata when necessary at all
MARC 584 Accumulation and Frequency of Use
MARC 586 Awards

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