The shelfmark fields(#800 to #80R) are all used in the same way, and can all take the subfields described below where necessary. Subfields are entered in no particular order, and are not repeatable.

The field #80V, which records details of the Van der Loon books, is used differently and explained separately.


#800 Chin.d.25431
#809 Tib.d.282
#800 Sinica 6041
#800aBackhouse 256
#800bBackhouse 532

If a work is not kept in its customary or expected location, but has been moved to a reading room or a special storage area, its permanent shelfmark is entered first, followed by its actual location after " = ":

#800 Chin.e.265 = Z.C.400.1
#806 Chin.e.41122 = C 9548 YJ Ref
#800 Backhouse 578 = Arch.O.d.46

Copy notes

The most frequently used subfield is subfield |c, for copy notes. This subfield contains information relating to our particular copy, not the edition in general. For example, the copy may be a later printing. Notes on the condition of the copy are also entered into this subfield - it may be incomplete or damaged, or we may have changed its binding, or bound it with something else:

#800 Chin.f.269|c2002年重印
#800 Chin.e.2979|c精裝
#800 Sinica 6486|c書品劣
#800 Sinica 6301(1)|c與「碑別字補」合訂為洋裝1冊

Copy notes in old books may be used to point out how second and subsequent copies differ from that described in the bibliographical record:

#470 線裝1冊(5頁) ; 16.5公分
#800 Sinica 1226
#800aSinica 2078|c毛裝 ; 18.0公分

#470 洋裝1冊(原線裝4冊) ; 28公分
#800 Sinica 3014
#800aSinica 2943|c殘卷二~四. - 洋裝1冊(原線裝3冊) ; 26公分

Specimen page filenames

The filenames of "specimen pages" (書影), usually of pre-modern books, are entered into subfield |g. The full filename should be entered, including the extension. Second and subsequent filenames are separated by a colon.

#800 Sinica 2715|gs01703.jpg
#800 Backhouse 281|gs01019.jpg:s01020.jpg:s01021.jpg

Periodical holdings

Periodical holdings are entered into subfield |h:

#800 Per.Chin.d.1074|h1(1936)-
#800 Per.Chin.d.2813|h1981:1-1981:7, 1981:9-2008:12
#800 Chin.d.1494|h1950-1953, 1955-1965

Digitisation ID

The Digital.Bodleian ID of a digitised text is entered into subfield |i:

#800 MS.Chin.c.24|i50313e87-8752-4194-8deb-39636ddea40a
#800 Sinica 1250|sCE234|icbf9d00a-be21-4ae1-a488-452372bef22f

The software supplies the first part of the URL that leads to the text (currently http://iiif.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/iiif/viewer/).


The provenance of an item is recorded in subfield |p. A single uppercase letter is used for this purpose:

#800 Sinica 4129|pV|gs02126.jpg:s02127.jpg:s02128.jpg:s02129.jpg

To date (20 April 2016) only three letters have been used:

C China Publishing Group
T National Central Library (for the Taiwan Resource Centre for Chinese Studies)
V Van der Loon

Source collection number

If a book (usually a pre-modern one) is part of a historic collection and has a number (usually a catalogue number), this is recorded in subfield |s:

#800 Sinica 738
#800aSinica 1860|sCE603
#800bSinica 2167|sIHE17.3|c29公分

The books in the above examples were exhibits in the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia (1876) and the International Health Exhibition in London (1884), and the numbers are recorded both on the books and in the exhibition catalogues.

Owners' seals

Transcriptions of any owners' seals are placed in subfield |y:

#800 Backhouse 57|y有「自強齋藏書印」、「臣鳳山」印記
#800 Sinica 4545|y有「寧武南氏珍藏」等印記