Collection-Level Cataloging
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Princeton University Cataloging Documentation

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Cataloging instructions

Physical processing

Adding to an existing collection

Collections before 1990



Collection-level cataloging brings together items with common characteristics and provides a single catalog record with access points relevant to the whole set of materials.

Items can be easily grouped by gathering materials which share an identical access point (as a number of items written by the same author, or issued by the same body), or which would have very similar access points (most commonly a subject). Items can also be grouped whose value as research material is similar, such as a number of heavily annotated textbooks used in the Gaza Strip.

Whatever criteria are used to gather materials to make up a collection, there must be some access point common to them all: author, subject, conference, series title, corporate body, form subject heading, etc.