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Validate bibliographic records

Overview

For MARC 21 bibliographic records:

  • Automatic validation occurs after you take certain actions on MARC 21 bibliographic records.
  • Manual validation occurs when you select Validate from the Record drop-down menu. Manual validation checks the quality of bibliographic records and prevents records with errors from being added to or replaced in WorldCat. You should validate a bibliographic record manually after you edit it.
     Note: After you validate a record manually, you cannot undo your changes.

Validate a bibliographic record

  1. From the MARC 21 editor, select Validate from the Record drop-down menu.
    • If the record contains invalid elements (e.g., tags, indicators, or subfield codes) or invalid data (e.g., fixed-field codes), the system lists any error messages that identify the problems. Messages appear directly above the fields/elements to which they refer.
    • A confirmation message appears that the record has been validated if no errors are present.
  2. If there are any errors, correct them and repeat step 1. If the record is a saved in-progress record, Validate is checked in the Action Status.