These guidelines will be followed when selecting records for NEW titles only. They are not intended to imply policy decisions of the NCSU Libraries
(Not to be confused with official publications, or "house organs" of societies, organizations, etc.; those will be cataloged as serials.)
Treat as a Serial if…
Treat as a Monograph if…
If information about a publication's frequency and regularity is readily available, catalog it as a serial, regardless of its frequency. In the absence of such information, catalog the first edition as monograph.
Catalog as monographs if there is no compelling reason to catalog it as a serial. Individual titles might or might not have the same classification number.
A monographic record can be used/created when deemed necessary by Collection & Research Services to accommodate a special request by a branch or sub-location to catalog a particular issue of a serial. Always clear this decision with Collection & Research Services before processing such a request.
If the supplement cannot be used independently, catalog it on the record for the main work.
If the main work is cataloged as a serial, select a serial record for the supplement ONLY if the supplement can be used independently.
If the main work is cataloged as a monograph (including loose-leaf publications), select a monographic record for the supplement ONLY if the supplement can be used independently.
Select a serial record if the publication meets the definition of a serial and the successively issued parts do not replace parts already present in the binder.
In all other cases, select a monographic record, e.g. a loose-leaf publication of permanent value (such as court decisions) that at the end of the year or from time to time is transferred from the loose-leaf binder to a permanent volume.