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SCIS Standards for Cataloguing and Data Entry 2013 edition

The 2013 edition of the SCIS standards reflects the move to Resource Description and Access (RDA), incorporating SCIS policy, exceptions and interpretations to RDA.

RDA is the cataloguing standard that replaced the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules in 2013. SCIS is working on a staged implementation of RDA to manage the impact on school library systems and their users.

ICON - PDF  SCIS Standards for Cataloguing and Data Entry (pdf, 1.22 MB)


SCIS Subject Headings guides

Further information about cataloguing with SCIS Subject Headings.

ICON - PDF  Overview and Principles of SCIS Subject Headings (pdf, 184 KB)

SCIS Subject Headings adheres to a number of principles and policies, which are used as a guide when headings are being revised or new headings added to the list.

ICON - PDF  Guidelines to using SCIS Subject Headings (pdf, 212 KB)

This document contains guidelines on the application of SCIS Subject Headings in order to provide suitable subject headings to be used as access points in a school library catalogue or other databases such as a metadata repository or bibliographic database.

ICON - PDF  Ready reckoner for using SCIS Subject Headings (pdf, 106 KB)

 This document contains the list of subdivisions, genre headings, model headings and categories for devising proper and common name headings.

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