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Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules


Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR) provides content rules for the construction of catalogues and other lists in general libraries of all sizes. The rules cover the description of library materials, and the provision of access points, and enable catalogue information to be readily exchanged between libraries. It is mostly used in conjunction with the mark-up standard MARC 21 (MAchine-Readable Cataloguing).

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Description and Representation Information

Standard Framework

Digital Archive Standards

Standard Type

Metadata Content Standards

Current Version

1978 - Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd Edition (AACR2) [external]
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Alternative Current Versions


Previous Version

1967 - Ango American Cataloging Rules
Print publication. Now out of print.

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