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The National Bibliography

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) collects and preserves Canadian publications. Since 1950, library staff have been producing Canadiana, a comprehensive bibliography that documents Canada's published heritage.

This national bibliography lists and describes a wide variety of publications produced in Canada, and those published elsewhere but of special interest or significance to Canadians. These include books, periodicals, sound recordings, microforms, music scores, pamphlets, government documents, theses, educational kits, video recordings and electronic documents.

Canadiana provides cataloguing information for each item according to international standards, and is used for reference and research, for verifying bibliographic information and for cataloguing. It is a valuable selection aid for developing library collections, for compiling bibliographies on Canadian studies and for acquiring Canadian publications. Canadiana lists information on forthcoming publications to permit advance ordering of new Canadian books.

This resource is available on CD-ROM, online in LAC's AMICUS database and via FTP.

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For more information, contact the Published Heritage Branch of LAC at or call 819-994-6913 or 1-866-578-7777 (toll free in Canada and the United States).