Collection Services: Cataloging

Holdings Policy

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The LSU Libraries record holdings for bibliographic items according to national standards unless otherwise stated.
  • Holdings will be recorded at Level 4 whenever possible.
  • Retrospective holdings and electronic resource holdings will be recorded at Level 3.
  • Holdings will be fully compressed when they are continuous and complete.
  • Holdings will be partially compressed whenever volumes are incomplete.
  • Gaps will be represented by commas.
  • Nongap breaks will be represented by semicolons.
  • Separate statements will be used whenever clarity is an issue.

Guidelines for Recording Holdings