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Canadian Textbooks: Field Descriptions

The records in the Canadian Textbooks database have up to 19 fields. Select a field name for its description:


Record ID

A unique number assigned to each record by the database management system to identify the record. A record can be found by searching for the Record ID using the Advanced Search. Enter the number into one of the text-entry boxes (e.g., 569) and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Record ID."


Author

The person(s) or organization(s) responsible for the creation of the textbook. Search for authors using the Basic Search by entering the author name (e.g., Smith, Joan or Smith, J or Smith) into the text-entry box labelled "Author." Or use the Advanced Search by entering the author name into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Author."


Title

The title of the textbook. Search for a title using the Basic Search by entering the title or part of the title (e.g., High School English Grammar or English Grammar) into the text-entry box labelled "Keywords." Or use the Advanced Search by entering the title or part of the title into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Title."


Reprint

A statement of the status of the reprinted edition on the title page of the text. Search for information about the reprint by using the Advanced Search. Enter the appropriate text (e.g., Revised edition) into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Reprint."


Place of Publication

The place where the textbook was published. Search for the place of publication using the Advanced Search. Enter the name of the location (e.g., Toronto) into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Place of Publication."


Publisher

The name of the publisher of the textbook. Search for the publisher using the Advanced Search. Enter the publisher's name or part of the name (e.g., W.J. Gage or Gage) into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Publisher."


Date of Publication

The specified publication date of the textbook. Search for the Date of Publication using the Advanced Search. To find a single year, enter the year (e.g., 1920) into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Date of Publication."


Date of Copyright

The specified copyright date of the textbook. Search for the Date of Copyright using the Advanced Search. Enter the year (e.g., 1890) into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Date of Copyright." This field is used only when a date of copyright is stated explicity.


Pagination

The number of pages within the main body and supplementary portions of the text (i.e., preface, appendices). When the number of pages is not known or is inconsistent, this field contains the text Undetermined pagination or Various pagination. When the number of pages is known, the number is included followed by the letter p (e.g., 27 p.). For records about textbooks available as microform, the number of frames is included followed by the letters fr (e.g., 63 fr.).

Search for pagination using the Advanced Search. To find textbooks with a specific number of pages or frames, enter the number (e.g., 295) into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Pagination."


Edition

The particular edition of the textbook. Search this field using the Advanced Search. Enter the desired edition information (e.g., 2nd or Revised) into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Edition."


Retrieval Code

A code which may be used to identify different editions and reprints of published texts. A retrieval code (e.g., 5001845a00) consists of the following three elements:

  1. The first three (3) digits indicate the subject discipline.
  2. The next four (4) digits represent the year of publication.
  3. The last two (2) digits are used to denote subsequent printings and editions. A first edition is denoted with the string "00", while subsequent editions are assigned larger numbers. If two different texts of the same subject discipline are published in the same year by two different authors, letters (e.g. "a", "b", "c") are assigned within the retrieval code prior to the last two digits of the string to denote the different texts.

Example:

  • The searcher would like to know which English Grammar texts by Lindley Murray were published in Canada. A search produces five references, including English grammar adapted to the different classes, 1821 edition followed by the 1843 edition.
  • The Retrieval Code for the first title is 500182100, while the second title is 500182105. The initial "500" string indicates the discipline of "English - grammar / Anglais - grammaire", while the "1821" denotes the year of publication. The last two digits "00" and "05" identifies the chronological order of subsequent printings.
  • After locating the record of Murray's first English grammar text, the searcher finds Abridgement of Murray's english grammar in successive editions in 1845, 1847, and 1852, with the corresponding Retrieval Codes: 5001845a00, 5001845a05, et 5001845a10. The addition of the letter, "a", is used to differentiate this title from another English grammar text by Samuel Kirkham (denoted with "b") published during the same year of 1845.

Illustration

Indicates the presence of illustrations in the textbook. Textbooks with illustrations will have ill. in this field. The field is blank for textbooks without illustrations. Search for illustrated textbooks using the Advanced Search. Enter the text ill. into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Illustration."


Series Title

The name of the series to which the textbook belongs. Search for a series title using the Basic Search by entering the series title or part of the series title (e.g., King Edward Music Readers or Music Readers) into the text-entry box labelled "Keywords." Or use the Advanced Search by entering the series title or part of the series title into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Series Title."


Approbation

A statement of authorization from an appropriate governing body. Search for approbation information using the Basic Search by entering the appropriate text (e.g., Authorized by the Council of Public Instruction) into the text-entry box labelled "Keywords." Or use the Advanced Search by entering the appropriate text into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Approbation."


Library Location

The National Library of Canada code for the institution which holds the physical version of the textbook, or the acronym CIHM for textbooks in the microfiche collections published by the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions. Search for library locations using the Advanced Search. Enter a library location code (e.g., CaBVAU) into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Library Location."

Library Location Codes used in this database:

Abbreviations Description
CaBVAU University of British Columbia
CaNSHP Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management, Halifax
CaOH Hamilton Public Library
CaOHNI Niagara Historical Society, Niagara-on-the-lake
CaOKIT Kitchener Public Library
CaOLU University of Western Ontario
CaOOP Library of Parliament, Ottawa
CaOTMCL Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library
CaOTUED Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto
CaOTUTF Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto
CaQMMRB Rare Books and Sepcial Collections, McGill University
CaQQS Séminaire de Québec
CIHM Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions
USDLC United States Library of Congress, Washington.

ISBN

The 10 digit ISBN (International Standard Book Number) of the textbook. Search for a particular ISBN using the Advanced Search. Enter the number (e.g., 0665509006) into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "ISBN."


Call Number

The call number for an original copy of the textbook. Search for a particular call number using the Advanced Search. Enter the number (e.g., 910.021909) into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Call Number."


Notes

Additional notes prepared by the creator of the record. Search the notes using the Basic or Advanced Search. Using the Basic Search, enter the appropriate word or phrase (e.g., German reader) into the text-entry box labelled "Keywords." Or use the Advanced Search by entering the text into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Notes." This field often contains information such as alternate titles or other text printed on the cover of the textbook.


Discipline

A descriptor for the subject of the textbook. Search for a discipline using the Basic Search by entering the subject (e.g., History of Canada) into the text-entry box labelled "Keywords." Or use the Advanced Search by entering the subject into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Discipline."

The following is a list of the disciplines in this database. Enter the text exactly as it appears here for best search results.

Accounting
Agriculture
Algebra
Anatomy and health
Ancient history
Arithmetic
Arts
Astronomy
Automobile mechanics
Biology
Botany
Cabinetwork
Calculus
Calculus - differential and integral
Canada - literature
Chemistry
Civics
Clothing
Communications
Construction
Drama
Drawing
Economics
Electricity
English dictionary
English - composition
English - grammar
English - literature
English - phonetics and elocution
English - reading
English - second language
Family education
French - composition
French - grammar
French - literature
French - reading
French - second language
Geography
Geography of America
Geography of Canada
Geology
Geometry
German
Greek
Guidance
History
History of England
History of France
History of China
History of the Americas
History of the United States
History of Canada
Home economics
Latin
Law
Manual work
Marketing
Mechanics
Metallurgy
Multiple notions
Office technology
Official catholic catechisms
Ornithology
Pedagogy
Penmanship
Philosophy
Photography
Physics
Political science
Protestant catechisms
Russian
Sacred history, Bible history
Sciences - general
Shorthand
Singing and music
Spanish
Sociology
Teaching of ethics
Theater
Trigonometry
Typing
Varia
Woodwork
Zoology

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