Definition: A term that specifies the characteristics and general type of content of the resource.
Comment: "typeOfResource" is generally equivalent to the type of record codes in MARC 21 Leader/06 in that it differentiates the resource being described as to content type. A controlled list of textual values are used. Attributes are used to further indicate whether the resource is a collection (i.e. an aggregation of items, designated in MARC 21 in Leader/07 Bibliographic level) or manuscript in nature (designated in MARC 21 as a separate Leader/06 code that combines the manuscript property with a resource type). This element includes a high-level type that categorizes the material in a general way. More specific typing is done in the "genre" element. There are no subelements defined for "typeOfResource".

The following values may be used with typeOfResource:

  • text (for "language material"; includes MARC 21 Leader/06 values "a" and "t").
  • cartographic (includes MARC 21 Leader/06 values "e" and "f").
  • notated music (includes MARC 21 Leader/06 values "c" and "d
  • sound recording - This value by itself is used when a mixture of musical and nonmusical sound recordings occurs in a resource or when a user does not want to make a distinction between musical and nonmusical.
  • sound recording-musical - This is roughly equivalent to MARC 21 Leader/06 value "j" and is used when a resource is predominately a musical sound recording.
  • sound recording-nonmusical - This is roughly equivalent to MARC 21 Leader/06 value "i" and is used when the sound recording is nonmusical in nature.
  • still image (includes MARC 21 value "k") - Note that Leader/06 value "k" in MARC 21 is defined as "Two-dimensional nonprojectible graphic" so that this is not an exact equivalent. Slides and transparencies are also considered still images in MODS, although in MARC 21 they are coded as Leader/06 code "g" (projected medium).
  • moving image (includes MARC 21 Leader/06 value "g") - Note that value "g" in MARC 21 is defined as "Projected medium," so this is not an exact equivalent. It includes motion pictures and videorecordings, as well as television programs, digital video and animated computer graphics, but not slides and transparencies. It does not include moving images that are primarily computer programs, such as computer games or computer-oriented multimedia (these are included in "software, multimedia").
  • three dimensional object (includes MARC 21 Leader/06 value "r").
  • software, multimedia (includes MARC 21 Leader/06 value "m") - This value is appropriate for any electronic resource without a significant aspect that indicates on of the other typeOfResource categories. It includes: software, numeric data, computer-oriented multimedia and online systems and services.
  • mixed material (includes MARC 21 Leader/06 value "p") - This value uses the same definitions as value "p" (It indicates that there are significant materials in two or more forms that are usually related by virtue of their having been accumulated by or about a person or body. Mixed material includes archival fonds and manuscript collections of mixed forms of materials, such as text, photographs, and sound recordings.)