<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>, <c>, <c01> … <c12>, and itself.


  • @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.”
  • @encodinganalog – not required. May contain information to map this tag to a particular element in another schema.
  • @id – not required. Creates an ID for element. Can be used for linking.
  • @lang – not required. Three-letter code that indicates the language in which the element’s contents were written. It should come from ISO 639-2b.
  • @localtype – not required. This attribute may be used within a number of elements. Its use and values are not defined by the schema and may be defined locally.
  • @script – not required. Four-letter code that indicates the script in which the element’s contents were written. It should come from ISO 15924.

Child Elements

<prefercite> may contain an optional <head> element. It must contain one or more of the following: <blockquote>, <chronlist>, <list>, <p>, <table>, and further <prefercite> elements.


  <p>Cite materials as follows:</p>
  <p>[Description or identification of item], [ date, if known]; Quilting Technologies Department Records (QD011). Piecemaking University Archives, Lancaster, PA 17603.</p>

Changes from EAD 2002

<prefercite> may now contain attributes @lang, @localtype, and @script. It lost child elements <address> and <note>.

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <prefercite>