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Electronic CIP Publishers Manual

This manual consititutes the online technical documentation for the Electronic CIP application.

Electronic CIP Publishers Manual

Technical Tips

What is CIP Data?

"CIP data" in its broadest sense refers to the bibliographic record created by the Library of Congress for a book prior to its publication.

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RDA changes to CIP data

The Library of Congress has begun the gradual implementation of a new cataloging code, Resource Description and Access (RDA). RDA will allow greater flexibility in transcribing data and providing access to persons named in published works. Please note that the greater flexibility in RDA may impact the appearance of your CIP data.

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Core Required Materials

Library of Congress staff create the CIP data based on the book, not the application. The application must be accompanied by the full text or the core required

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Formatting Galley files

Publisher-Provided Summaries

The Library of Congress has developed guidelines for publishers who want the summaries they prepare to appear in the MARC bibliographic record and the CIP Data as submitted. The CIP Program will accept publisher-supplied summaries if the summaries comply with the CIP Guidelines for Summaries.

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Children’s and Young Adults’ Cataloging Program Summaries

One of the key elements of the Children’s and Young Adults’ Cataloging Program (CYAC) is the providing of a brief, non-critical, one-sentence annotation that describes the content of the work being cataloged without making any judgmental statements.

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