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Guidelines for Bibliographic References and Citations

We have another standard out for ballot, forwarded for our comments by Cindy Hepfer, ALA Voting representative to NISO. This one is for the Draft International Standard version of edition 3 of ISO/DIS 690, Guidelines for bibliographic references and citations to information resources. The scope note in the draft standard reads as follows: “This International Standard makes recommendations for the preparation of references and citations in Latin scripts in works that are not themselves primarily bibliographical. It applies to references and citations to all kinds of information resource, such as monographs, serials, contributions, patents, cartographic materials, electronic information resources (including computer software and data bases), music, recorded sound, prints, photographs, graphic and audiovisual works, and moving images. It does not apply to machine-parsable citations. This document does not prescribe a particular style of reference or citation. The examples used in this document are not prescriptive as to style and punctuation….