MARC 581 Publications About Described Materials Note

MARC field 581 in the Bibliographic record contains a citation or other information about a publication that is based on the use, study, or analysis of the materials described in the record. It is repeatable.

Note that it is not currently (Aug. 2015) possible to indicate through coding that the note only applies to a particular copy, or a particular institution.

Commonly-used tags


1st: Display constant controller

# - Publications 8 - No display constant generated

2nd: Undefined

Subfield delimiters

ǂa - Publications about described materials note (NR) ǂz - International Standard Book Number (R) ǂ3 - Materials specified (NR)

Policy and formulation

  • Use 581 for citations to and descriptions of scholarly publications about the Folger copies of material described (while the note can be used for a general reading list, that's not something we want to be in the business of maintaining).
  • Include an introductory phrase followed by a colon as necessary when using first indicator "8" ("No display constant generated")
  • Follow the Chicago Manual of Style format for bibliographies, i.e., the style guide used in Folger publications. Short version: invert the name of the first author, and separate the main elements with periods, not commas.
  • For informal electronic publications like Folgerpedia and The Collation, make a MARC 856 Electronic Location and Access note instead.
  • For published engravings of paintings, make a general note instead.
  • Field 581 ends with a period unless another mark of punctuation is present.


581 ǂa Zarnowiecki, Matthew. "A Blurred Notebook: Ephemeral Literature and the Lyric Moment in Folger MS X.d.177." In Manuscript Miscellanies c. 1450-1700, edited by Richard Beadle and Colin Burrow, 48-69. English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700, vol. 16. London: British Library, 2012.

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