Cataloging Legal Literature, 5th ed. (CLL5) describes the authors’ understanding of the current descriptive and subject cataloging practices for legal materials. It addresses the needs of large and small law libraries alike, particularly those who wish to follow national cataloging standards, including the Library of Congress and the Program for Cooperative Cataloging. CLL5 addresses RDA instructions and terminology as found in both the current RDA Toolkit and its Beta Site.

Because the text of the redesigned Toolkit is considered “stable,” CLL5 is a major revision that incorporates the relevant concepts and terms introduced by the 3R Project. There are specific introductory sections in several chapters that address RDA3R, and whenever possible, the authors discuss new terminology in the context of the old. Most of the cataloging examples, especially for ongoing (diachronic) works, have been updated or replaced. (MARC tagging is still used in these examples as the authors anticipate it will remain for some time.)

Throughout the manual, illustrations of descriptive or subject cataloging and MARC tags are offered. Examples of subject cataloging are based on guidelines published in the Library of Congress’ Subject Cataloging Manual (SCM), as well as identifying Library of Congress practices for assigning subject headings.

In this edition, Part 1 covers the most common and troublesome legal publication questions with a much greater emphasis on electronic resources. The subject chapter includes many of those same cataloging recommendations, but now includes some examples of genre/form terms. Part 2 is a greatly expanded combination of the A-Z sections that covered subject headings and the illustrated glossary. This A-Z section also now includes genre/form term examples. A chapter on LC Classification as well as classification tips included in the A-Z section is completely new to this 5th ed., classification coverage having been previously excluded. While previous editions placed an emphasis on Library of Congress examples, that is no longer possible in today’s “cooperative” environment; plus, examples had to be revised to make them conform to the revised RDA.