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Why are there ISBN numbers in Analytics that are not part of the MARC record in the Alma UI?

  • Product: Alma
  • Product Version: June 2016
  • Relevant for Installation Type: select the relevant: Dedicated-Direct, Direct, Local, Total Care



Sometimes there are additional ISBN numbers listed in analytics that are not found in the actual BIB record, where are these ISBN numbers coming from?


If a bibliographic record is created and saved with an old-formatted ISBN-10, Alma also indexes the more current ISBN-13.  The record is not edited or changed, but the ISBN-13 is indexed behind the scenes upon saving the BIB record.


As a result the indexed ISBN will be seen in analytics reports and can be used in a repository search. 



For Classic Primo, when using the out-of-the-box normalization rules you will be unable to search by the ISBN-13. However, there are transformation routines (ConvertISBN13toISBN10" / "ConvertToISBN13) which can be added to the rules and allow for searching by both ISBN-10 and ISBN-13. If assistance is needed with setting up these rules please submit a case to Primo Support.



  • Article last edited: 06-June-2016