BS ISO 690 Information and documentation. Guidelines for bibliographic references and citations to information resources
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BS ISO 690:2010

Information and documentation. Guidelines for bibliographic references and citations to information resources

Status : Current, Under review   Published : July 2010



BS ISO 690:2010 Information and documentation. Guidelines for bibliographic references and citations to information resources

BS ISO 690 gives guidelines for the preparation of bibliographic references.

It also provides guidelines for the preparation of citations in Latin scripts in works that are not themselves primarily bibliographical.

BS ISO 690 applies to bibliographic references and citations to all kinds of information resources, including (but not limited to) monographs, serials, contributions, patents, cartographic materials, electronic information resources (including computer software and databases), music, recorded sound, prints, photographs, graphic and audiovisual works, and moving images.

It does not apply to machine parsable citations. It is also not applicable to legal citations, which have their own standards.

BS ISO 690 does not prescribe a particular style of reference or citation. The standard uses examples that are not prescriptive as to style and punctuation.

BS ISO690 also includes explanations and examples of bibliographic references, to illustrate how to apply the requirements for referencing or citing printed and electronic information resources.

Contents of BS ISO 690 include:

  • Scope
  • Terms and definitions
  • Basic principles for creating references
  • Elements of a reference
  • Sources of data
  • Transliteration
  • Abbreviation
  • Punctuation and typography
  • Order of elements
  • Creator
  • Selection
  • Personal names
  • Organizations or groups.
  • Multiple creators.
  • Pseudonyms
  • Anonymous works
  • Title
  • Form of title
  • Translation of title
  • Titles of serials
  • Distinction between title of contribution and title of host item
  • Conferences
  • Medium designation.
  • Edition
  • Different editions
  • Updated versions
  • Production
  • Place
  • Publisher or alternative.
  • Date
  • Numeration and pagination
  • Part cited
  • Omission of terms
  • Series title and number
  • Identifiers
  • Location
  • Additional general information
  • Classification
  • Size
  • Price and availability
  • Languages
  • Registered trade mark.
  • Other information
  • Specific categories of information resource
  • Electronic information resources or parts and contributions thereof
  • Computer softwareAudiovisual material
  • Cartographic material
  • Films, videos and broadcasts
  • Graphic works
  • Music
  • Patents
  • Reports in series, standards and similar publications
  • Methods of citation
  • Presentation of references
  • Examples of bibliographic references
  • Bibliography

BS ISO 690:2010 replaces BS ISO 690-2:1997 Information and documentation. Bibliographic references. Electronic documents or parts thereof which has been withdrawn.

Standard NumberBS ISO 690:2010
TitleInformation and documentation. Guidelines for bibliographic references and citations to information resources
StatusCurrent, Under review
Publication Date31 July 2010
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)No other standards are normatively referenced
Informative References(Provided for Information)ISO 3297:2007, ISO 15836:2009, ISO 832, ISO 216, ISO 3166-2, ISO 8601, WIPO Standard ST3, ISO/TR 9544:1988, ISO 10957, ISO 4, BS EN ISO 3166-1:2020, ISO 3166-1:2020, ISO 2108
ReplacesBS ISO 690-2:1997, BS 1629:1989
International RelationshipsISO 690:2010
Draft Superseded By08/30147086 DC
DescriptorsBookform materials, Information handling, Bibliographic references, Information operations, Computer software, Information exchange, Data processing, Photographs, Bibliographic standards, Library and information science, Documents, Non-book materials, Maps, Document description, Audiovisual materials, Publishing
Title in FrenchInformation et documentation. Principes directeurs pour la rédaction des références bibliographiques et des citations des ressources d'information
Title in GermanInformation und Dokumentation. Bibliografische Nachweise. Inhalt, Form und Gestaltung
ISBN978 0 580 56643 1
File Size1.007 MB

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