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Replace WorldCat bibliographic records


When you update and replace MARC 21 WorldCat bibliographic records, you are helping to improve the quality of records in WorldCat.

If you are working on a locked record and replace the WorldCat record, the lock is removed from the WorldCat record.

 Learn more in a training course: Policies for replacing WorldCat records

 Reinforce your understanding with a practice exercise: Replace master record


Validate and replace WorldCat records

The system performs a full validation on the record automatically before replacing it, whether you edited it or not.

  • If a record contains invalid data, the system generates a list of errors. Correct the errors and then retry replacing the record.
  • When a record is valid, the system:
    • Replaces the record in WorldCat
    • Adds the full date/time stamp in field 005.
    • Notifies you that the record has been replaced

Replace an existing WorldCat bibliographic record

  1. From the MARC 21 editor, update the WorldCat bibliographic record.
  2. Select Replace WorldCat Record from the Save drop-down list. If there is a lock on the record, the lock is removed.