The no-main-entry principle and the automated catalog

Snunith Shoham, Susan S. Lazinger

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The No-Main-Entry Principle and the accompanying Description-Idependent System of cataloging, described in a 1989 article by Takawashi, Shihota and Oshiro, is analyzed in relation to the online catalog. The development of the main entry concept, from the time of the single entry catalog to the advent of the automated catalog is described. The relation between the available technologies of the time and the main entry concept is explored. Although the necessity for a main entry, or full cataloging record, in a single entry catalog is acknowledged, it is suggested that in an automated catalog it is no longer relevant. A recommendation that libraries with online catalogs explore the possibilities of cataloging according to the no-main-entry principle is accompanied by a statement of the advantage of such a system and suggestions for implementing it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-67
Number of pages17
JournalCataloging and Classification Quarterly
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 15 Jul 1991


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