Volume (bibliography)

A volume is a physical book. It may be printed or handwritten. The term is commonly used to identify a single book that is part of a larger collection. Volumes are typically identified sequentially with Roman or Arabic numerals, e.g. "volume 3" or "volume III", commonly abbreviated to "Vol.".[1]

Volumes may be published directly, or they may be created out of bound issues. For instance, a library that subscribes to a periodical and wishes to preserve it typically takes a set of the issues and has them bound into a volume.[2][3] A publisher may also separately publish a volume out of previously published issues; this is common with graphic novels. A volume may also be composed of entries, as in an encyclopedia, or chapters, as in a monograph.

The term is also used as an identifier for a sequence of periodicals. This is generally based on a single calendar year, but not always. For instance, a school magazine might start each new volume at the beginning of the academic year or at the beginning of each term/semester. Thus, all issues published in the Nth term or year will be classified under the Nth volume.[1] The original function of labelling issues with a volume at publication time was to provide a standard way for libraries to later bind the issues into a physical volume.[2][3]

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  1. "All Experts Questions and Answers – Journalism". All Experts. Archived from the original on 2010-02-02. Retrieved 2012-11-06.
  2. BUNN, R. M. (January 1962). "BINDING OF PERIODICALS IN THE NATIONAL LENDING LIBRARY". Journal of Documentation. 18 (1): 20–24. doi:10.1108/eb026312. ISSN 0022-0418.
  3. SIDNEY DITZION, LEVERETT NORMAN (1956). "Problems of Periodical and Serial Binding" (PDF). Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
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