How can I tell if an audiobook is abridged or unabridged?

Unabridged audiobooks contain all of the words of the original work, whereas, abridged audiobooks have been shortened and condensed. Online, it can be difficult to tell which is which as there is not a clear marker in the catalog.

  • To find out if a title is abridged or unabridged:
    • At the item holdings page (the page that shows the Virtual Shelf Browser and Copy/Holding Information), look at the very bottom of the left column, under "Item Information"
    • See a link to "Full Cataloging Information"
    • When you click on "Full Cataloging Information", you see the raw information that feeds the catalog record*. You can see if an audio item is UNABRIDGED  or ABRIDGED by looking under the 500 tag.
  • * These are called the MARC (MAchine Readable Cataloging) records and are the foundation of library online catalogs.