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<prefercite> Preferred Citation

<prefercite> is used to provide information about how users should identify the described materials in publication credits. This is generally used to provide recommended wording or prescribed format for structuring the references. These should not be used to cite and/or link to other materials than those described. It is comparable to MARC field 524.

<prefercite> is one of the elements which may be used within <archdesc>, <archdescgrp>, <c>, <c01> through <c12>, and <descgrp>.


  • ALTRENDER – not required. Use if the content of the element should be displayed or printed differently than the rendering established in a style sheet for other occurrences of the element.
  • AUDIENCE – not required. Use to set whether the element’s contents will be visible to external users or to internal ones. Possible values are: “internal” and “external.”
  • ID – not required. Creates an ID for element. Can be used for linking.
  • ENCODINGANALOG – not required. May contain information to map this tag to a particular element in another schema.


<prefercite> may contain further <prefercite> elements, as well as: <address>, <blockquote>, <chronlist>, <head>, <list>, <note>, <p>, and <table>.


	<head>Preferred Citation</head>
	<p>item, folder title, box number, Bell Family Papers, EADiva.com.</p>

EAD tag library entry for <prefercite>.