It is important to use unique identifiers to retrieve the best repository search results in Alma. The repository search can be as simple or as advanced as is required to limit the search results to a usable size.
Unique identifiers include:
Physical Bib Record Search Types:
The Network Zone provides the benefit of efficient suny-wide cataloging:
Finding Bibliographic Records:
|MARC Field||MARC Definition|
|Brief Level||If more than one record exists, the brief level may help you determine which record to use. Potentially, the higher the brief level, the better the bib record. Brief levels are from 01-10. 01 being the lowest and used for brief level and brief vendor records and 10 being the highest for DLC and PCC records.|
|020 (ISBN), 022 (ISSN), or 024 (Other System Number)||Searching by the ISBN, ISSN, or Other System Number will produce more refined repository results.|
|040 (Cataloging Source)||
040 $$a identifies who created the OCLC master record. $$a DLC is for records created by the Library of Congress and tend to be the "best" record. Other library's cataloging of high quality can also be used when determining what bib record to use
040 $$b eng - per MSP-12 the language of cataloging for the SUNY NZ is English.
|042 (Authorization Code)||042 $$a is for LAC, LC, NLM, and Program for Cooperative Cataloging use only. PCC in 042 $$a tend to be higher quality bib records|
|100 (Personal Name) /110 $$a (Corporate Name)||100 and 110 $$a is the main entry when the information is clearly stated. It is the creator statement. 100 - author's name. 110- Corporate body's name.|
|245 (Title Statement)||
245 $$a is the title.
|250 (Edition Statement)||250 $$a contains the edition statement if one exists.|
|260/264 (Publication Information)||260/264 $$a Place of Publication.
260/264 $$b Name of Publisher.
260/264 $$c Date of publication.
MARC 260 is used for pre-RDA bib records.
|300 (Physical Description)||300 $$a is the extent of the item. The number of volumes, pages, leaves etc.
300 $$b is for other physical details, such as illustrations, maps, etc.
300 $$c is for the dimension of the item size
|336/337/338||MARC fields 336, 337, and 338 will appear in RDA bib records or pre-RDA records that have been updated in the OCLC master record
336 (content type)
337 (media type)
338 (carrier type)
The same "new title" NZ search methods apply for searching the NZ or the IZ for titles that you already own.