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Creation of new records

OCLC creates new name authority records to resolve conflicts, rectify errors, or clarify heading relationships in the database. OCLC does not act as a cataloging agency for routine creation of authority records.

To request the creation of a new authority record, use the Authority File Change Request form and select Authority under Record format. Note the nature of your request and supply the following:

  • Preferred access point, title, and publication date of the work justifying the authorized access point
  • Image of title page (or equivalent) and other pertinent information from the item (e.g., birth and death dates, variant forms of name)
  • Citations and images of information from other sources consulted for data about the name, including reference works and phone calls to authors, publishers, and other agencies
  • Information about previous, pre-AACR2 use of the heading, particularly in LC-MARC bibliographic records (field 040 ‡c DLC)
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