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Title: 362 - Dates of Publication and/or Sequential Designation (R)

The 362 - Dates of Publication and /or Sequential 
Designation tag contains the beginning and ending date 
or dates of publication. The 362 tag may also contain 
the volume, issue, or part number for the beginning or 
ending of a serial. This information is useful to the 
librarian and to the library user. Knowing the 
beginning and ending of a serial may help in 
determining whether it will contain information the 
library user needs. 

The Anglo American Cataloging Rules (AACR2) 
discusses how to record the dates or chronological 
designation of a serial in rule 12.3. 

RDA provides guidelines on recording numbering of
serials in

A serial will not always begin with volume 1, number 
1. When a serial changes its name, a new MARC record 
is created for the new title. The 362 tag will contain 
the volume and issue number in which the title 

First indicator 0 (zero) is used when the information 
is formatted with volume number, issue number and/or 
dates rather than in the form of a note. 

First indicator 1 is used when the information is 
given in an unformatted note style. 

Subfield a contains the sequential designation or the 
publication dates. If the serial has ceased 
publication the volume and number of the last issue 
and/or the date of the last issue is also included. 


First  Format of date

     0 Formatted style 

     1 Unformatted style 

Second  Undefined

 blank Undefined 


     a Dates of publication and/or sequential 
       designation (NR) 


This tag ends with a period unless the last word ends 
with another mark of punctuation (!, ?, -) or a 
closing parenthesis.


     362 0  _aVol. 1-

     362 0  _aSpring 1994-

     362 0  _aVol. 1, no. 1 (Dec. 1937)-

     362 0  _a1st-

     362 0  _aVol. 1, no. 1 (Mar. 1914)-v. 39, no. 12 
              (Dec. 1947)

     362 0  _aVol. 16, nos. 4 & 5 (June 1942)-v. 23, 
              no. 7 (Dec. 1960)

     362 0  _aSept. 1, 1988-Sept. 5, 1990; vol. 38, 
              no. 1 (Aug. 28, 1991)-

     362 1  _aBegan with: Vol. 1, no. 1 (Nov. 23, 

     362 1  _aBegan in 1964.

     362 1  _aBegan with issue for June 1928; ceased 
              with: v.11, no. 7 autumn 1966)

     362 1  _aCeased with winter 1996 issue.

     362 1  _aBegan publication with vol. 8, 1962.