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Cataloging: Fundamentals of the NLM® Classification

Module 3—Components of NLM Call Numbers

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LC vs. NLM Shelflisting Practices

  • Cutter Table
    • LC uses their own cutter table
    • NLM generally uses the Cutter-Sanborn Three-Figure Author Table (1969 ed.)
  • Facsimilies
    • LC adds "a" to the date of the original publication
    • NLM adds "F" to the date of the original publication (for other reprints, NLM adds "a" to the date)
  • Translations
    • LC expands the cutter using their translation table
    • NLM cutters for the author with a workmark taken from the original title (if known) and adds "a" to the imprint date
  • Proceedings of congresses
    • LC uses the date of the congress
    • NLM uses the date of imprint

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