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381 - Other Distinguishing Characteristics of Work or Expression (R)

MARC 21 Bibliographic - Full
February 2010

First Indicator
# - Undefined

Second Indicator
# - Undefined

Subfield Codes
$a - Other distinguishing characteristic (R)
$u - Uniform Resource Identifier (R)
$v - Source of information (R)
$0 - Record control number (R)
$2 - Source of term (NR)
$6 - Linkage (NR)
$8 - Field link and sequence number (R)


Any characteristic that is not accommodated in a special field that serves to characterize a work or expression. Examples are an issuing body, arranged statement of music, version, or a geographic term. May be used to differentiate a work from another work with the same title.

Multiple characteristics from the same source vocabulary may be recorded in the same field in separate occurrences of subfield $a (Other distinguishing characteristic). Terms from different source vocabularies are recorded in separate occurrences of the field.




$a - Other distinguishing characteristic
A term that specifies a characteristic that differentiates a work or expression from another one.
130 0#$aResearch paper (South African Law Commission)
381 ##$aSouth African Law Commission
[Attributes of a work]
130 0#$aHarlow (Motion picture : 1965 : Douglas)
381 ##$aDouglas
380 ##$aMotion picture
046 ##$k1965
[Attributes of a work]
130 0#$a1 + 1 = 3 (Choreographic work : D'Amboise)
381 ##$aD'Amboise
380 ##$aChoreographic work
[Attributes of an expression]
130 0#$aBible.$lEnglish.$sAuthorized.$f2004
381 ##$aAuthorized
046 ##$k2004
[Attributes of an expression]
100 1#$aDebussy, Claude,$d1862-1918.
240 10$aChansons de Bilitis (Songs).$pChevelure;$oarranged
380 ##$aSongs
381 ##$aarranged
[Attributes of an expression]
100 1#$aLangland, William,$d1330?-1400?
240 10$aPiers Plowman.$s(A-text)
381 ##$aA-text
[Attributes of an expression]
$u - Uniform Resource Identifier
Uniform Resource Identifier (URI), for example a URL or URN, which provides electronic access data in a standard syntax. This data can be used for automated access to an electronic item using one of the Internet protocols.
In field 381, subfield $u is used to record the location of electronically accessible source information.
$v - Source of information
Source where the information recorded in field 381 was found if not through a URI.
$0 - Record control number
See description of this subfield in Appendix A: Control Subfields.
$2 - Source of term
MARC code that identifies the source of the term in subfield $a when it is from a controlled list.
$6 - Linkage
See description of this subfield in Appendix A: Control Subfields.
$8 - Field link and sequence number
See description of this subfield in Appendix A: Control Subfields.

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