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505 - Formatted Contents Note (R)

MARC 21 Bibliographic - full
July 2022

First Indicator Second Indicator
Display constant controller
0 - Contents
1 - Incomplete contents
2 - Partial contents
8 - No display constant generated

Level of content designation
# - Basic
0 - Enhanced

Subfield Codes
  • $a - Formatted contents note (NR)
  • $g - Miscellaneous information (R)
  • $r - Statement of responsibility (R)
  • $t - Title (R)
  • $u - Uniform Resource Identifier (R)
  • $6 - Linkage (NR)
  • $7 - Data provenance (R)
  • $8 - Field link and sequence number (R)


Titles of separate works or parts of an item or the table of contents. The field may also contain statements of responsibility and volume numbers or other sequential designations.

Chapter numbers are generally omitted. This field contains a formatted contents note. Contents information may be encoded at one of two levels; basic or enhanced. For some materials, data normally belonging in other notes or in other areas of description may be included (e.g., the number of pages, pieces, frames in each part).

For mixed materials and materials under archival control, this field may contain the table of contents of a finding aid.

Unformatted contents notes are recorded in field 500 (General Note).

The note is usually displayed and/or printed with an introductory term or phrase that is generated as a display constant based on the first indicator value.



First Indicator - Display constant controller

Controls the generation of an introductory phrase.

0 - Contents

Complete contents of an item. Value 0 is used to generate the display constant Contents:.

505 0#$apt. 1. Carbon -- pt. 2. Nitrogen -- pt. 3. Sulphur -- pt. 4. Metals.
505 0#$aHow these records were discovered -- A short sketch of the Talmuds -- Constantine's letter.
1 - Incomplete contents

Incomplete because not all parts of a multipart item are available for analysis, either because they have not been published, or because they have not yet been acquired by the cataloging agency. Incomplete contents: may be generated for display.

505 1#$apt. 1. General observations -- pt. 2. Methodology -- pt. 3. Initial phase
[Parts to be added after pt. 3; note left open (no final period).]
505 1#$av. 1. Report -- v. 3. Overseas systems of compensation.
[Spaces used to represent missing intermediate part.]
2 - Partial contents

Partial contents note that describes only selected parts of an item even though all parts are available for analysis. Partial contents: may be generated for display.

505 2#$amanual 1. Principles of solar geometry and optics -- manual 2. Solar radiation quantitative analysis -- manual 3. Heat transfer principles for solar applications -- manual 4. Passive solar hearing systems.
8 - No display constant generated

Second Indicator - Level of content designation

Level of content designation that has been provided for the data recorded in the field.

# - Basic

All information is recorded in a single occurrence of subfield $a.

505 0#$apt. 1. Carbon -- pt. 2. Nitrogen -- pt.3. Sulphur -- p. 4. Metals.
0 - Enhanced

Enhanced content designation is supplied for the parts detailed in the formatted contents note. Data is encoded with repetitions of the defined subfields, other than subfield $a.

505 00$tQuark models /$rJ. Rosner --$tIntroduction to gauge theories of the strong, weak, and electromagnetic interactions /$rC. Quigg --$tDeep inelastic leptognnucleon scattering /$rD.H. Perkins --$tJet phenomena /$rM. Jacob --$tAn accelerator design study /$rR.R.Wilson --$tLectures in accelerator theory /$rM. Month.


$a - Formatted contents note

Formatted contents note, whether complete, incomplete, or partial when the second indicator is value # (Basic). The text of the contents note may include titles, statements of responsibility, volume numbers and sequential designations, durations (for sound recordings), etc. For records formulated according to AACR rules, these elements are usually separated by ISBD punctuation.

505 0#$aFuture land use plan -- Recommended capital improvements -- Existing land use -- Existing zoning.
505 0#$aArea 1, Lone Pine to Big Pine -- Area 2, Bishop to Mammoth Lakes -- Area 3, June Lake to Bridgeport -- Area 4, White Mountains area.
505 0#$apt. 1. Historical study. v. 1, Text. v. 2, Notes -- pt. 2. Annexes: alphabetic repertory of noble families <v. 1 >
500 ##$a"Table of statutes and regulations": p. xvii-xxv.
[Unformatted content note recorded in field 500.]

$g - Miscellaneous information

Any information other than the statement of responsibility or title, used in a coding-enhanced note (second indicator is value 0). It may include volume, part, page numbering or other extent information such as dates.

505 00$tQuatrain II$g(16:35) --$tWater ways$g(1:57) --$tWaves$g(10:49).

$r - Statement of responsibility

Statement of responsibility of the article or part in the coding-enhanced contents note (second indicator is value 0). The author itself may be a personal or corporate name.

505 20$tBaptisms, 1816-1872 --$tChurch members, 1816-1831 --$tHistory of the Second Presbyterian Church of West Durham /$rby L. H. Fellows.

$t - Title

Title used in the coding-enhanced contents note (second indicator is value 0).

505 10$gNr. 1.$tRegion Neusiedlersee --$gNr. 2.$tRegion Rosalia/Lithagebirge --$gNr. 3.$tRegion Mettelburgenland --$gNr. 4.$tRegion südliches Burgenland --$gNr. 5.$tRegion Südburgland
505 20$tSuite in D.$tIntrada ;$tBerceuse ;$tProcession and dance ;$tCarol ;$tFinale.

$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.

505 0#$u
Display example:

$6 - Linkage

See description of this subfield in Appendix A: Control Subfields.

$7 - Data provenance

See description of this subfield in Appendix J: Data Provenance Subfields.

$8 - Field link and sequence number

See description of this subfield in Appendix A: Control Subfields.


Punctuation - Field 505 ends with a period when the field contains complete or partial contents, unless another mark of punctuation or a closing angle bracket (<>) is present or unless the contents continue in another occurrence of field 505. If the field contains incomplete contents, no period is recorded, unless the last word, initial/letter, or abbreviation ends in a period.

In records formulated according to AACR 2, a space-hyphen-hyphen-space ( -- ) is recorded between each item in the contents note unless a delimiter/subfield code follows in which case there is no ending space. In pre-AACR 2 records, items are separated by a period-hyphen-hyphen (.--).

Contents notes may contain prescribed ISBD punctuation (e.g., statements of responsibility are preceded by a space-slash-space ( / )).

Temporary Data - Angle brackets (<...>) are customarily used to enclose holdings of individual volumes, within contents notes that are subject to change.

505 1#$av. 1-<4> Proceedings
505 0#$apt. 1. Historical study. v. 1, Text. v. 2, Notes -- pt. 2. Annexes: alphabetic repertory of noble families <v. 1>

Display Constants - Introductory terms or phrases such as Contents:, Partial contents:, etc. are not carried in the MARC record. They may be system generated as display constants associated with the first indicator value.

First indicator Display constant
0 Contents:
1 Incomplete contents:
2 Partial contents:
8 [no display constant]


Indicator 1 - Undefined (VM) [OBSOLETE, 1984]
Indicator 2 - Level of content designation (BK, AM, CF, MP, MU, VM) [NEW, 1993]

Prior to 1993, the value blank (#) meaning undefined in Indicator 2 can be interpreted as Basic.

$u - Uniform Resource Identifier [NEW, 2000]
$7 - Data provenance [NEW, 2022]

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