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Step 02: Title and Intellectual Description



Title and Intellectual Description

In this section, the cataloger will enter information about the intellectual content of the tape. This information should, whenever possible, be obtained from the tape - that is, from what appears on the screen. It should be entered exactly as it appears on the screen, except where noted below (such as punctuation and capitalization rules). Many catalogers will not have the opportunity to view the tape and will have to rely on information from labels on the tape and tape container or paper records. If the cataloger must supply specific information, such as title, maker, or dates, it should be enclosed in square brackets [ ]. Summaries or notes added by the cataloger should not be enclosed in brackets.


The Title is, of course, the name of the tape. Perhaps that sounds self-evident and, with commercial films and videos, it probably will be. For unique videotapes and camera-original material, however, the designation of the correct Title might not be as straightforward.

Some complications you might encounter:

  • Distinguishing between the title of the tape and the title of the series. The name of the tape will be the name of the episode or individual work
  • A tape may be a compilation of a number of finished works. The compilation may have a title, or you may need to supply one (see below).
  • A tape may have no discernible title (see below).

Please note that the Title is entered with an initial cap and no further capitalization, except for proper nouns. The Title is followed by [space]:[space] and then the subtitle.

The Title should be entered using the following formats:

For a simple title: Title followed by a period.

For example: The continuing story of Carel and Ferd.

For a title and a subtitle: Title [space] [colon] [space] subtitle [period]

For example: Pathways III : visual-musical variations.

For a title with an episode number and name: Title : subtitle. Episode no. xx, Episode name.

For example: AIDS community television. no. 98, Paris summit

For a tape that has no title, you should supply a reasonable, descriptive title in square brackets.

For example: [Hill family home movies]

For compilation tapes: If the overall tape has a title, use that. If you can assign a descriptive title, do so within square brackets to indicate that the cataloger has supplied the title. (e.g., [Peer Bode compilation tape]). You may also list each title in the compilation, separating them by a [space][dash][space] For example: Boogie 2 - Network - Window.



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