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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.
Tags: Cataloging, Copy cataloging, library information, Resource Management, Training

For a criticism of a specific book:

  1. Check to see if the first 600 has a subfield ‡t
  2. Cutter as though you are cataloging that work (I.e., the author named in the 600 with a work mark for the ‡t)
  3. Add a second Cutter for the main entry


Ex.: a criticism of Ernest Hemingway’s The sun also rises written by Michael S. Reynolds (main entry, 100 field).

The first 6xx is 600 10 Hemingway, Ernest, ‡d 1899-1961. ‡t Sun also rises.


813                      -Dewey for American fiction

H488s                  -Cutter for The sun also rises +

R464                    -letter and number from Reynolds’ Cutter (R464) + workmark 






  1. Use this for criticisms of specific works of art and architecture as well.


Ex.: a book on Leonardo da Vinci’s Last supper by Leo Steinberg (main entry)

The first 6xx is 600 00 Leonardo, ‡c da Vinci, ‡d 1452-1519. ‡t Last supper.


759.9                     -Dewey for Italian painting

L581L                   -Cutter for Leonardo with work mark for “Last supper” (use capital L to distinguish it from numeral one 1) +

S819L                          -letter and number from Steinberg’s Cutter (S819) + workmark =