The Formatted Contents Note (505 tag) of the MARC 21
bibliographic record helps identify specific contents
within a book or holding. Use this note to list the
poems within a collection or the short stories within
an anthology. The author's names may or may not be
included in the contents note. Many of the indexes for
different materials such as Index to Poetry or
Index to Short Stories only index a selected
portion of the vast number of anthologies published.
The 505 contents note makes those anthologies that are
not indexed accessible to the library searcher.
The 505 tag can also be used to list the chapter
headings from the table of contents if the headings
would create better access to the contents of the
book. For example, a collective biography of the
children who grew up in the White House may have a
chapter on Lucy Johnson, another on Caroline Kennedy,
another on Margaret Truman, and another on Amy Carter.
The patron could then use the keyword search and
locate the biographical information on any one of
these people who may not have a separate biography.
This example shows how keyword searching becomes much
more powerful when the MARC record contains more than
just the title, author, and subject headings.
AACR2 governs the construction of the contents note
with rule X.7B18. The X represents the particular
chapter number depending on what type of media the
librarian is cataloging. For book materials it would
be rule 1.7B18 in chapter one and for projected
graphics it would be 8.7B18 in chapter eight. The
structure itself looks remarkably similar to the title
proper and statement of responsibility.
Subfield a of the 505 tag is most commonly used,
however, Format Integration expanded this tag to allow
separation of the title and statement of
responsibility in two different subfields. The
indicators define if the contents are complete,
incomplete, (library owns only part of the complete
set), or there should be no display constant
Adding the contents notes to the bibliographic record
will make the many anthologies, story collections,
fairy tale collections, and other materials more
accessible to library users through keyword searching.
The 505 contents notes also appear on annotated
bibliographies with Catalog Plus under the Unison
design, creating a bibliography which is more complete
and useful to the library user.
First Display constant generated
1 Incomplete contents
2 Partial contents
8 No display constant generated
Second Level of content designation
a Formatted contents note (NR)
g Miscellaneous information (R)
r Statement of responsibility (R)
t Title (R)
u Uniform Resource Identifier (R)
A space hyphen hyphen space ( - ) separates the
different titles within the contents note.
This tag ends with a period when it contains complete
or partial contents, unless another mark of
punctuation (!, ?, -) is present.
If the tag contains incomplete contents, no period is
recorded, unless the last word is an initial or
abbreviation ending in a period.
Basic contents note
505 0 _aPatterns / Amy Lowell -- Fire and ice /
Robert Frost -- Grass / Carl Sandburg.
505 0 _aLucy Johnson -- Caroline Kennedy --
Margaret Truman -- Amy Carter.
505 0 _aGeneral reference works -- The
humanities -- Social and behavioral
sciences -- History and area studies --
Science, technology, and medicine.
Enhanced contents note
505 00 _tPatterns /
_rAmy Lowell --
_tFire and ice /
_rRobert Frost --
505 00 _tGeneral reference works --
_tThe humanities --
_tSocial and behavioral sciences --
_tHistory and area studies --
_tScience, technology, and medicine.
505 10 _gv. 1. _tThe ship --_gv. 4. The land.
(Spaces used to represent missing intermediate