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Cataloging: Fundamentals of the NLM® Classification

Module 9—Continuing Resources

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Serials Classification

  • Use of the W1 classification number allows NLM and other libraries to arrange their serials on the shelf alphabetically by title
  • Use of the W2 and WX 2 classification numbers allows government and hospital serial publications to be arranged on the shelf by jurisdiction or location
  • NLM does not supply alternate call numbers for serials
  • Libraries that prefer to shelve serials by topic need to assign their own call numbers to serial titles
  • Exception:
    • NLM supplies alternate topical call numbers for analyzed volumes of serials classed in W1 and W3

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