Proposing a change to an existing LCSH

Guidelines for formulating proposals to change LC Subject Headings

These instructions are to be used when filling in the LCSH Change Proposal Form

008/06 Geographic Subdivision

If the changed heading should be divided geographically, select May Subd Geog from the dropdown menu. If you are unable to determine this or think that the heading should not be divided geographically, then please leave this field blank. For further guidance please refer to LC Subject Cataloging Manual (SCM) H 194 and H 364.

1XX Change to Heading

Indicate the new form of heading in this area. MARC tags for the heading can be selected from the Select Tag dropdown menu.

NOTE: Because changing the 1XX field of a heading may involve significant work on maintenance of the bibliographic and authority files both at the Library of Congress, and in other libraries, a cataloguer should consider the impact of such a change and be judicious in recommending one. Changing the 1XX field of a heading means also changing all occurrences of that heading in other authority records (e.g., use as BT references, appearance in scope notes, use with subdivisions, etc.).

Changing the 1XX field of a subject heading must be supported by adequate, appropriate authority research demonstrating clear preference for the proposed form. Cite references in 670s. When in doubt, contact the Cooperative Cataloging Team

4XX Used For (UF) References

Supply the proposed UF references to be added, changed, or delete in this area. MARC tags for the reference headings can be selected from the Select Tag dropdown menu. To indicate whether a term used as a reference must be added, changed or deleted, select a value from the Select status dropdown menu.

For guidance in which form and how references should be constructed, please refer to SCM H 195 and SCM H 373.

Please cite sources in the 670 field for each additional UF reference.

5XX Broader Term (BT) & Related Term (RT) References

Supply the proposed BT and RT references to be added, changed or deleted, in this area. MARC tags for these reference headings can be selected from the Select Tag dropdown menu. To indicate whether a term used as a reference must be added, changed or deleted, select a value from the Select status dropdown menu.

For guidance on how to determine an appropriate BT, please refer to SCM H 370.

For guidance on how to determine if headings qualify to be related term references, please refer to SCM H 370.

670 Source Citations

Include in this area, citations to reference works and information to justify the heading or references being added, changed, or deleted.

Please cf. SCM H 200, H 202, and H 203.

680 Scope Notes

Include in this area the text of a note to define or limit the use of a particular heading.

For further guidance on drafting a scope note, please refer to SCM H 400.