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565 - Case File Characteristics Note (R)

MARC 21 Bibliographic - Full
February 1999

First Indicator
Display constant controller
# - File size
0 - Case file characteristics
8 - No display constant generated

Second Indicator
# - Undefined

Subfield Codes
$a - Number of cases/variables (NR)
$b - Name of variable (R)
$c - Unit of analysis (R)
$d - Universe of data (R)
$e - Filing scheme or code (R)
$3 - Materials specified (NR)
$6 - Linkage (NR)
$8 - Field link and sequence number (R)


Information about the content and characteristics of case files and/or the number of cases or variables making up a case file or a database.

Case files are interpreted broadly as records that contain standard categories of information about a defined population. Files may be composed of individual documents, each of which contains information about a single unit of analysis or they may reflect aggregate data, as in the case of machine-readable records, that can be used and electronically subdivided into individual case documents.

For computer files, this field contains the number of cases or variables making up the file and, when taken in conjunction with the number of logical records recorded in field 256 (Computer File Characteristics), provides an indication of the extent of the file.

The note is sometimes displayed and/or printed with an introductory phrase that is generated as a display constant based on the first indicator value.



First Indicator - Display constant controller
Controls the generation of a display constant preceding the note.
# - File size
Used to generate the display constant File size:.
0 - Case file characteristics
Used to generate the display constant Case file characteristics:.
8 - No display constant generated
Second Indicator - Undefined
Undefined and contains a blank (#).


$a - Number of cases/variables
Number of cases or number of variables in a single case within a repetitive case file series.
565 ##$3Military petitioners files$a11;$bname;$baddress;$bdate of birth;$bplace of birth;$bdate of application;$bdates of service;$bbranch of service;$brank;$bdate of induction;$blatest occupation;$bdependents;$cpensioners;$dCivil War (1861-65) veterans
$b - Name of variable
Subfield $b is repeated for each variable name listed.
565 0#$bService satisfaction survey$a5;$bcounty of residence;$bage;$beducation level;$bdate of request;$bsubject area of request;$dperformance files Sept. 1983 through June 1984;$cmedia center users
$c - Unit of analysis
Subject to which variables in case files or data bases refer; for example, convicts in correctional files, workers in personnel records, or casualities in emergency room intake files.
565 0#$3Automobile consumer survey files$a8;$baddress;$bmanufacturer of vehicle;$bmodel of vehicle;$bdate of purchase;$bdate of 1st major repairs$bcurrent mileage;$bdate of latest repair;$dcomplaint filers 1981 January 1 through 1983 December 31;$cnew vehicle registrants
$d - Universe of data
Scope of the data collection effort and the specifications of the sample represented in the described materials.
565 0#$3Product use survey$a3;$bsex;$bage;$bmarital status;$cretail customers;$dNortheast coast distribution area
$e - Filing scheme or code
Information that places the described materials in the context of a scheme of intellectual arrangement.
The arrangement can be one that is assigned either by the creator, office of origin, or custodian.
565 8#$3Vandalism report files$a14;$bname;$baddress;$boccupation;$clocal jurisdiction;$dregistered voters;$ealphabetical by jurisdiction
$3 - Materials specified
Part of the described material to which the field applies.
565 0#$3Conscription files$a9;$bSSN;$bname;$baddress...
$6 - Linkage
See description of this subfield in Appendix A: Control Subfields.
$8 - Field link and sequence number
See description of this subfield in Appendix A: Control Subfields.


Punctuation - Field 565 does not end with a mark of puncutation unless the field ends with an abbreviation, initial/letter, or other data that ends with a mark of punctuation.
Display Constants - Introductory phrases such as Case file characteristics: are not carried in the MARC record. They may be system generated as display constants associated with the first indicator value.
First indicator Display constant
# File size:
0 Case file characteristics:
8 [no display constant]

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