LIA420 - Resource Description & Access II

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Subject Title
Resource Description & Access II

Subject Description
Examine form and choice of entry according to RDA cataloguing guidelines, cataloguing applications of the World Wide Web, and sources of cataloguing copy in an automated environment.  Learn to critically appraise public access catalogues.  Recognize the changes in MARC coding resulting from RDA Cataloguing Guideslines.

Credit Status
This is a credit course offered online through the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Intro to FRBR, and cataloguing using RDA cataloguing guidelines and MARC Coding Review.
  2. Choosing Access Points/Recording relationships between manifestation and work embodied in manifestation.
  3. Sources of Cataloguing copy.
  4. The world Wide Web and Cataloguing.
  5. Form of Entry/Constructing Authorized Access Points using FRAD.
  6. Online Public Access Catalogues (OPACs).
  7. Comparison of MARC records created using AACR2R and RDA cataloguing guideines.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), general or advanced level, with a pass standing in Grade 12 English at the general level OR successful completion of Mature Student Test, plus Resource Description and Access I.

Topic Outline

  1. Apply RDA cataloguing guidelines and MARC coding to the creation of the descriptive position of the bibliographic record.
  2. Apply the RDA guidelines for choosing access points and recording relationships between works, expressions, manifestations, and items.
  3. Identify some of the major sources of copy cataloguing and describe how these sources might be used.
  4. Identify the four uses of the Word Wide Web for the cataloguer and search the web to locate bibliographic and authority records.
  5. Apply RDA cataloguing rules, ISBD punctuation and MARC coding to the creation of the descriptive portion of the authority record.
  6. Identify the features of a first, second, third and Next Generation public access catalogue (OPAC) and describe the effects MARC bibliographic and authority coding has had on this OPAC.
  7. Identify the differences in MARC coding between AACR2R cataloguing rules and RDA cataloguing guidelines.

Mode of Instruction
This is an online course with access to website and course resources.

Prescribed Texts

Required Supplies
Internet access and computer.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Since this is a professional credit course, marking standards reinforce professional practice by demanding legible, neat, documents. Keyed material should be correctly formatted and grammatically correct as a result of accurate proof reading, proper spelling and punctuation.

In recognition of the significance of proper language skills in the workforce, marks are deducted for language errors on all tests, assignments and exams and a student can be failed on the basis of language errors alone (i.e. spelling, grammar, word usage, sentence and paragraph structure, etc.)

Students must attain a grade of at least 50% to pass the course. 

Grading is based on the following grading scheme:

Assessment Method Weight
9 Assignments 100%
Total 100%

All Academic policies of the College at which you registered apply.  This includes, but is not limited to, polices related to grading, supplemental exams, deferred exams and accommodations.

Approved by: Sandra Noble