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Top-level Element: <typeOfResource>

Element <typeOfResource>
Definition A term that specifies the characteristics and general type of content of the resource.
Attributes

Common:

Authority: authority; authorityURI; valueURI

Language-related: lang; xml:lang; script; transliteration

Internal Linking: altRepGroup

Miscellaneous: displayLabel; usage

Specific: collection; manuscript

Subelements None
Examples EXAMPLES
Mappings MAPPINGS

Guidelines for Use

Information in <typeOfResource> is about the original item. For example, in the case of a digitized photograph, <typeOfResource> would apply to the analog original; in born-digital materials, it would apply to the original digital format.

This element includes a high-level type that categorizes the material in a general way using an enumerated list of values. More specific typing is done in the <genre> element.

The attributes collection and manuscript are associated with a specific value used in <typeOfResource>. For example, a MODS object that consists of a collection of maps with associated text could be represented by two instances of <typeOfResource>. The first would be "cartographic" with attribute collection="yes", and the second could be "text" (with no attribute).

The Library of Congress Resource Types Scheme http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/resourceTypes.html which is derived from a controlled list of coded values in MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data provides a useful list of values. It has been augmented with types beyond those specified in MARC and MODS/XML. It is recommended that a value from this list be used. Note that the values from this scheme are case sensitive e.g. ‘Notated music’ not ‘notated music’ as for the old MODS enumerated values below. Values from other lists may also be used to support local needs.

Prior to MODS 3.7 an enumerated list of values was provided for use in this element: text; cartographic; notated music; sound recording; sound recording-musical; still image; moving image; three dimensional object; software, multimedia; and mixed material. With version 3.7, the controlled-list restriction was removed and the attributes @authority, @authorityURI, @valueURI, and @xml:lang were added instead. It is still possible to use these old values, however, they must not carry an authority attribute but appear as e.g. notated music.

Specific Attribute Information

collection

Definition
A made-up multipart group of items that were not originally published, distributed, or produced together.
Application
This attribute is used as collection="yes" when the resource is a collection. It may also be applied to electronic resources that are collections in the sense of a made-up multipart group of items. If there are multiple resource types within the collection, these should be enumerated in separate <typeOfResource> elements.

manuscript

Definition
A resource that is written in handwriting or typescript.
Application
This attribute is used as manuscript="yes" when a collection contains manuscripts and is considered generally to be manuscript in nature, and for individual manuscripts.

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EXAMPLES

Examples containing the code (e.g., "img") and the text (e.g., "Still image"):

<titleInfo>
<title>Portrait of Django Reinhardt, Aquarium, New York, N.Y., ca. Nov. 1946</title>
</titleInfo>
<typeOfResource valueURI="http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/resourceTypes/img">img</typeOfResource>
OR
<titleInfo>
<title>Portrait of Django Reinhardt, Aquarium, New York, N.Y., ca. Nov. 1946</title>
</titleInfo>
<typeOfResource authorityURI="http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/resourceTypes/img">Still image</typeOfResource>

Other examples:

<titleInfo displayLabel="Title">
<nonSort>The</nonSort>
<title>battle cry of freedom</title>
</titleInfo>
<typeOfResource displayLabel="Format" value="http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/resourceTypes/img.html">Notated music</typeOfResource>
<genre>sheet music</genre>
<titleInfo>
<title>Fifty years of Coca-Cola advertising </title>
</titleInfo>
<typeOfResource>moving image</typeOfResource>
<genre>motion picture</genre>
<titleInfo>
<title>Cannon ball</title>
</titleInfo>
<typeOfResource>three dimensional object</typeOfResource>
<titleInfo>
<title>Google</title>
</titleInfo>
<typeOfResource>software, multimedia</typeOfResource>
<genre authority="marcgt">online system or service</genre>
<genre>search engine</genre>
Examples using the old MODS enumerated scheme:
<titleInfo>
<nonSort>The</nonSort>
<title>new naval and military map of the United States</title>
</titleInfo>
<typeOfResource>cartographic</typeOfResource>
<genre>map</genre>
<titleInfo>
<title>Camp Council meeting; speech by Dewey Rodgers</title>
</titleInfo>
<typeOfResource>sound recording-nonmusical</typeOfResource>
<genre authority="marcgt">speech</genre>
<titleInfo>
<title>Glove</title>
</titleInfo>
<physicalDescription>
<form authority="gmd">sound recording</form>
</physicalDescription>
<typeOfResource>sound recording-musical</typeOfResource>
<titleInfo>
<title> Collection relating to A. E.Housman</title>
</titleInfo>
<typeOfResource manuscript="yes" collection="yes">mixed material</typeOfResource>
<abstract>Correspondence, manuscripts, typescripts, galley and page proofs, newspaper clippings, printed material, monographs, and musical scores pertaining primarily to Richards's biography of A. E. Housman titled Housman, 1896-1936 (1941) </abstract>

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MAPPING

MARC Mapping (Bibliographic)

See MARC Mapping to MODS for the <typeOfResource>.

Dublin Core Mapping

See MODS to Dublin Core Metadata Element Set Mapping.

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Last Updated: August 10, 2020