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GND Authorities

GND authority records

The Integrated Authority File (GND) is an authority file for Persons, Corporate bodies, Conferences and Events, Geographic Information, Topics and Works. It is operated cooperatively by the German National Library, all German-speaking library networks, the German Union Catalogue of Serials and numerous other institutions.

Contributions to the GND are made either via the networks or in direct agreement with the German National Library.

Types of headings

  • Cartographic data
  • Cataloging source
  • Control number
  • Chronology
  • Conference/Corporate Names
  • Descriptive conventions
  • Entity attributes
  • Geographic names
  • Keyword
  • Local data
  • Linking entry, $0 record number
  • Linking entry, personal name
  • Linking entry, corporate/conference name
  • Linking entry, uniform title
  • Linking entry, topical term
  • Linking entry, geographic name
  • Notes
  • Other control number
  • Personal names
  • Relationship
  • See also, $0 record number
  • Titles
  • Topicals

Search for a GND authority record

When working with WorldCat bibliographic records, you can search the German authority records (GND Authorities) to determine the correct forms for persons, corporate bodies, conferences and events, geographic information, topics and works associated with the resource you are describing.

  1. From the Data Type drop-down list, select Authorities.
  2. From the Scope drop-down list, select GND Authorities.
  3. From the Index drop-down list, select an index. For a list of all indexes, see Record Manager: Authorities Guide.
  4. In the Term(s) text field, enter your search terms. The text field will expand to fit your search terms, if needed.
  5. Click Search. The Search results page appears with the matching authorities results listed in a table with this information:
    • Name - The name of the authority and its associated See (4xx) and See Also (5xx) references.
       Note: See and See Also references are displayed as links if they lead to an authority record. Click the link to open the authority record in the MARC editor.
    • Field - The field in which the authority appears.
    • Description - Lists information about personal, corporate/conference, or geographic names.
  6. Click the name of the matching item to view the authority file record.

Apply GND authority heading information to a MARC 21 field

 Note: After you control a heading and replace the record in WorldCat, Record Manager automatically updates the heading whenever the linked authority record changes.

  1. Open the record to which you wish to apply Library of Congress authority heading information.
  2. In the MARC 21 editor, click the field immediately above the location where you want to add the controlled field and then click the Add Field icon.
  3. In the Basic search panel, select GND Authorities from the Scope drop-down list.
  4. From the Index drop-down list, select an index.
  5. Based on the index you selected, enter your search terms. The text field will expand to fit your search terms, if needed.
  6. Click Search. The search results will be displayed in a table with the following columns:
    • Name - The name of the authority and its associated See (4xx) and See Also (5xx) references.
       Note: See and See Also references are displayed as links if they lead to an authority record. Click the link to open the authority record in the MARC editor.
    • Field - The field in which the authority appears.
    • Description - Lists information about the personal, corporate/conference, or geographic name.
  7. Click the Name of the matching authority to view the authority file record.
  8. Click Copy Link Data.
  9. Return to the field you created in the MARC 21 editor.
  10. Select Apply Authority Link from the Edit drop-down menu. The MeSH authority header information is added to the field. The header, which is from the bibliographic record, is inserted as a hyperlink and $0 is also present.