BestMARC and MARCEdit

BestMARC Metadata Management

Welcome MARCEdit users

BestMARC sets the standard in metadata management. Whether searching, original cataloging, or maintaining existing records, BestMARC sets the standard. Our best-in-class online MARC management system makes processing and maintaining MARC records fast, easy, and convenient.


BestMARC Standard is free for new users

Get all the record searching, cataloging, and editing features free for a full year to new users. Then only $5/month (billed annually) thereafter.

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Search for records by entering as much information as you know about the item. BestMARC searches our high-quality database for results along with a collection of the top Z39.50 databases, including the Library of Congress. As users search for records, the BestMARC database improves by incorporating records from other Z39.50 sources.

Search Results are compiled and ranked to match the criteria entered and the quality of the record from our database of MARC records. Cover photos help you find the correct record.

If you cannot find a record, click Catalog to create it. Your search criteria is automatically entered into your new record to save typing.

Start by using one of over 45 built-in material types, or create your own custom templates matching your own specifications.

Records are automatically formatted for AACR2 or RDA based on your preference.

BestMARC’s Editor guides you though creating a high-quality MARC record. Fields, Subfields, and Indicators are separated into their parts. A graphical interface guides you the entire way.

Simply click into a subfield and BestMARC shows you Tips and Examples to help you fill it out. Common fields and subfields are displayed by default based on the type of material you are cataloging.

ISBD punctuation is automatically applied when the record is saved.

BestMARC Standard is free for new users

Get all the record searching, cataloging, and editing features free for a full year to new users. Then only $5/month (billed annually) thereafter.

Signup Now



Add an upgrade to your subscription to make BestMARC even more powerful. BestMARC Plus comes with streamlined record enhancement features and other key benefits to save you even more time. BestMARC Global adds customizable features for global edits and automated workflows making this our most powerful subscription.

BestMARC and MARCEdit Comparison

MARC Record Editor
MARC Tips, Examples, Errors
Includes context-sensitive links to LOC and RDA Toolkit documentation
Built-in Record Templates
User-Created Record Templates
Record Source
Search More Servers
Z39.50 search
yesyesyesUser-configured, one server at a time
Side-by-side comparison of changes, rollback changes
Record Enhancements
Award Notes, Convert to RDA, Reading Programs, Record Repair, Subject Headings, Import Processing
Organize records into lists
Find smaller groups of records
Global Editing
Create and save powerful instructions to make batch changes to your database
yesnonoNot saved between sessions
Combine Enhancements and Global Edits sequentially for easy processing
yesEnhancements Onlynono
Type Conversions
Convert between character encodings and file formats such as XML, MODS, OAI
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