[type of data: transcribed data (literal); repeatable]
- To distinguish one expression from another and to identify the particular expression being described.
- To characterize the expression for a user unfamiliar with it.
- For non-fiction works, the edition statement, in conjunction with the date of publication, may characterize the timeliness of the subject matter contained in the expression.
Transcribe any edition statement found on the item that is linked to change in content, such as revision. If no edition statement appears prominently, but one is taken from somewhere in the item, note the source of that edition statement. For edition statements that pertain only to change in carrier, see 4.2 and 5.2.
For integrating resource works with a changed edition statement, revise the edition statement to reflect the current iteration.