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Creation of new records

Learn how to request the creation of a new authority record using use the Authority File Change Request form.

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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