Now Available: Cataloging Legal Literature 4th Edition & Database

Cataloging Legal Literature, What's New
Shannon Furtak

Melody Lembke and Melissa Beck presented the new 4th Edition and database version of Cataloging Legal Literature to standing-room only audiences at the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Chicago just a few weeks ago. We are pleased to announce the official availability of this incredible resource!

While the books are currently in production, the database is available immediately. Both the print and online versions have been updated to the latest Resource Description and Access (RDA) standards, and the database will be updated quarterly to ensure users have access to the most current information. The book and database describe the authors' understanding of current cataloging and classification practices for legal materials. Throughout the manual, illustrations of descriptive or subject cataloging and MARC tags are offered. The product is designed to help the law cataloger deal with the ambiguities of 21st century cataloging.

Although the 3rd edition of Cataloging Legal Literature has been available digitally in image-based PDF format for several years, this is the first time the title has been converted into an interactive online resource, composed of two parts.

Part 1

Part 1 covers the most common and troublesome legal publication questions regarding legal rules and uniform titles with an emphasis on electronic resources. The subject chapter contains many descriptive examples and cataloging recommendations, and also includes some examples of genre/form terms. It has a linked table of contents, making this material easy to browse. The contents are divided into 8 chapters with subchapters, including numerous links to other cataloging resources.

Part 2

Part 2 consists of an alphabetical listing of legal terms, genres, and subject headings with definitions, RDA cataloging instructions, LC subject and genre/form term guidance, classification tips, examples, and some historical information.

Both parts are searchable. For instance, using the Advanced Search link, search for protocols in the Term field:

Results will include information from both Part 1 and Part 2:

For more information about this resource, view the full brochure, and for pricing information, please contact our marketing team. For help searching or navigating the database, contact our support team at (800) 277-6995, email us, or chat with us!

About Melody Lembke and Melissa Beck

Melody Lembke is the Associate Director, Technical Services, at University of California, Irvine, Law Library and helped build the collection for the Law Library which began in 2009.  Melody is a co-author of all four editions of CLL, as well as the previous compiler for Legal L.C. Subject Headings Lists and Supplement to Subject Headings for the Literature of Law and International Law, and Index to LC K Schedules. She admits to being an AALL member for 40 years and hopes never to have to write about another cataloging code!

Melissa Beck is the Head of Cataloging at the UCLA Law Library. She is long-time member of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), and has developed cataloging manuals, training materials, and workshops for serials, integrating resources, and electronic resources. She admits to never having cataloged a treaty.

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