Q. What is the difference between monographs, serials, and integrating resources?
The rules for cataloging bibliographic resources cover monographs, serials, and integrating resources. Monographs are either complete in one part or intended to be completed within a finite number of separate parts. Serials are also issued in separate issues or parts but have no predetermined conclusion. Integrating resources are added to or changed by updates, but these updates are integrated into the resource itself instead of remaining separate. Any format of material (e.g., printed texts, maps, electronic resources, musical scores, microforms) can be issued as a monograph or a serial. The most common integrating resources are updating loose-leafs, updating databases, and updating Web sites.