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Physical description

mods:physicalDescription [Required]

Local Practices and Interpretations

Information recorded in mods:physicalDescription is about the original resource being described, if the item has been reformatted. Information about the digital surrogate is recorded in the technical metadata section of the METS record.

Supported Descendant Elements and Attributes


[Required] Use for information about the extent of a resource. When recording both height and width, use &× instead of x in between the dimensions.

XML Examples

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Display Examples

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Content Standards

Other Sources of Documentation

MARC Mappings


Outstanding Questions and Issues

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