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NCSU Libraries is happy to provide open accessibility to our Resource Description & Access (RDA) test materials. While our goal is to make as many materials as open as possible, visitors should note that they may find occasional pages restricted throughout this site (logins, staff information, etc.).  Please also note that this is a living documentation site for NCSU catalogers and will change and grow as we proceed.  All decisions applied to the US RDA Test period.  Our RDA documentation is quite a moving target.  NCSU Libraries continues to catalog in RDA since the conclusion of the test period and we are in implementation conversations with the community nationally.  We are happy for feedback on this site.  Please email Erin Stalberg, Head Metadata & Cataloging, NCSU Libraries.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

RDA Toolkit

NCSU Local Policy & Procedures


Relevant LC Documentation


Questions, Clarifications, and Curiosities

NCSU RDA Test Workflows

NCSU RDA Test Workforms

Monographic Formats

Continuing Resources Formats

NCSU RDA Test Practice Record Electronic Surrogates & RDA MARC 21 Test Record Examples

Monographic Formats

Continuing & Integrating Resource Formats

Other Institution MARC21 RDA Record Examples


  • From the home page, left click BASIC SEARCH
  • In the SEARCH TEXT box, type: 040e rda
  • Left click EXPERT SEARCH in the SEARCH TYPE box.
  • Left click BEGIN SEARCH button.
  • To view a record, left click any title.
  • You will be taken to the BRIEF RECORD display. 
  • To see the full MARC record, left click MARC TAGS tab.
  • (instructions courtesy of J. McRee (Mac) Elrod, on RDA-L, October 20, 2010)


  • Use "dx:rda" in the command line which searches the 040 $e.  Because there are now several thousand RDA records available, you'll also need to combine that with other search criteria (year or material type, for example).

NCSU RDA Training Documentation

PowerPoint Presentations:

Training Documents:

NCSU RDA Presentations

NCSU RDA Test Wrap-up

NCSU Local RDA Test Participant Information

External Documentation



NOTE: The RDA test period is over and NCSU's RDA test documentation has been retired and archived as of July 25, 2017.

Staff in the Acquisitions & Discovery Department can access archived documentation at G:\Acquisitions & Discovery\Archive\Confluence\RDA Test Documentation. However, this documentation is no longer maintained or current and should not be used in cataloging work going forward. NCSU Libraries now catalogs according to current RDA rules, with no known exceptions.