EAD (Encoded Archival Description ; Version 2002 Official Site)

Encoded Archival Description Tag Library, Version 2002

EAD Elements

<prefercite> Preferred Citation


Information about how users should identify the described materials when referring to them in published credits. Generally the repository or agent responsible for providing intellectual access to the materials will supply users with a recommended wording or prescribed format for structuring references to the described materials in bibliographies, footnotes, screen credits, etc.

Do not confuse with <archref> or <bibref> which are used to cite and/or link to materials other than those described in the finding aid.

In EAD Version 1.0 <prefercite> was a subelement of Administrative Information <admininfo>, which has been deprecated in EAD 2002 (see Appendix B). The new Description Group <descgrp> element, which can group any of the <did>-level elements (except the Description of Subordinate Components <dsc>), may be used to wrap elements where a group heading is desirable. The <descgrp> element can be used to replace <admininfo> where it has been used as a wrapper when converting finding aids encoded in EAD V1.0 to EAD 2002.

The <prefercite> element is comparable to MARC field 524.

May contain:

address, blockquote, chronlist, head, list, note, p, prefercite, table

May occur within:

archdesc, archdescgrp, c, c01, c02, c03, c04, c05, c06, c07, c08, c09, c10, c11, c12, descgrp, prefercite


AUDIENCE #IMPLIED, external, internal


        <head>Preferred Citation</head>
        <p>[Identification of item], Arequipa Sanatorium Records, BANC MSS 92/894c,
        The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.</p>
        <p>item, folder title, box number, Charles Thomas, Jr. Papers, Bentley
        Historical Library, University of Michigan.</p>