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Weird Cutters

Most cuttering can be done by following the directions in “Basic Cuttering.” However, there are many situations that these directions don’t quite cover, or that need further explanation. These situations will be covered here.
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  1. This method is used so that books about the person or corporate body will file on the shelves after all the books by the person or body.


  1. If the first 6xx field in the bibliographic record is a personal name or corporate body, Cutter for that field. Then add a second Cutter for the Main Entry following the Basic Cuttering instructions (either 1xx field or 245 field if there is no 1xx.)
    1. Ex.: Dante Alighieri, a biography, by John Ciardi.


851                  - Dewey number

D192               -Dante’s Cutter number +

C556d             -Ciardi’s Cutter number+workmark for title=




  1. Use this for both biographies and for criticisms of an author’s work.


  1. For books about more than one person or corporate body, use the first 6xx for the Cutter and add the sub Cutter in the same way as above.  NOTE: if the first 6xx is a topic (650), DO NOT Cutter for any of them. Use the main entry.


  1. Ex.:  A book about J.R.R. Tolkien and his friends, C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams, by Humphrey Carpenter:  The Inklings :  C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and their friends.


The first 600 is for Lewis.

823                 - Dewey number

                        L673               -Lewis’ Cutter +

                        C295i              +Carpenter’s Cutter  (295)+title workmark =






  1. Don’t Cutter for people, corporate bodies, etc. which have their own Dewey number. Cutter for the main entry, not the 6xx, and do not use a Z.
    1. Ex.: a book about Moses by James Nohrnberg.

221.2092        -Moses’ Dewey

N781m           -Cutter for Nohrnberg (100 field) with work mark for title (245)