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Canadian Book Catalogs : Field Descriptions

The records in the Canadian Book Catalogues database have up to 20 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."


Compiler

The person(s) responsible for the compilation of a catalogue. Search for compilers using the Basic Search by entering the name (e.g., Daley, John or Daley, J or Daley) into the text-entry box labelled "Compiler/Owner." Or use the Advanced Search by entering the name into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Compiler."


Owner

The owner of the material represented in a catalogue. Search for owners using the Basic Search by entering the name (e.g., Neilson, John or Neilson, J or Neilson) into the text-entry box labelled "Compiler/Owner." Or use the Advanced Search by entering the name into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Owner."


Title

The primary title of a catalogue. Search for a title using the Basic Search by entering the title or part of the title (e.g., Catalogue of rare books) 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."


Institution

The name of the institution that caused a catalogue to be produced. Search for an institution using the Basic Search by entering the institution name (e.g., Williamson & Co) into the text-entry box labelled "Keywords." Or use the Advanced Search by entering the name into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Institution."


Printer

The name of the party responsible for printing a catalogue. Search for a printer using the Basic Search by entering the printer name (e.g., Nolan) into the text-entry box labelled "Keywords." Or use the Advanced Search by entering the name into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Printer."


Auctioneer

The party (individual/firm) responsible for selling by auction the materials listed in a catalogue. Search for an auctioneer using the Basic Search by entering the name (e.g., Wakefield, William) into the text-entry box labelled "Keywords." Or use the Advanced Search by entering the name into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Auctioneer."


Place of Printing

The city/town and province where a catalogue was printed. Town/city names are followed by a comma and the two-letter provice code (e.g., Montreal, QC or Winnipeg, MB). Search for the place of printing using the Basic Search by entering the town or city (e.g., Fredericton, NB) into the text-entry box labelled "Keywords." Or use the Advanced Search by entering the town, city, and/or province into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Place of Printing."


Place of Publication

The city/town and province where a catalogue was published. Town/city names are followed by a comma and the two-letter provice code (e.g., Toronto, ON or Calgary, AB). Search for the place of publication using the Basic Search by entering the town or city (e.g., Halifax, NS) into the text-entry box labelled "Keywords." Or use the Advanced Search by entering the town, city, and/or province 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 party responsible for publishing a catalogue and making it available to the public. Search for the publisher using the Basic Search by entering the publisher's name (e.g., Williamson & Co) into the text-entry box labelled "Keywords." Or use the Advanced Search by entering the publisher's name into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Publisher."


Date of Publication

The publication year of the catalogue. 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."


Extent of Work

The number of pages in a catalogue, which may also include the number of leaves or pages of plates at the end of the sequence. When the number of pages is not known, this field is blank. When the number of pages is known, the number is included followed by the letter p (e.g., 4 p.). Search the number of pages using the Advanced Search. To find catalogues with a specific number of pages, enter the number (e.g., 27) into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Extent of Work."


Illustration

Indicates the presence of illustrations in a catalogue. Catalogues with illustrations will have Illustrated in this field. The field is blank for catalogues without illustrations. Search for illustrated catalogues using the Advanced Search. Enter the word Illustrated into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Illustration."


Sort Order

The organizational order of a catalogue. For example, if a catalogue has all books listed alphabetically by author, this field may contain alphabetical by author. Search for a sort order using the Advanced Search by entering the sort order terms (e.g., alphabetical or arranged by subject) into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Sort Order."


Language

The language in which the text of the catalogue was written. Most material is either French or English. Search for a language using the Advanced Search by entering the language (e.g., French) into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Language."


Location

The National Library of Canada code for the institution holding a copy of the catalogue. For some locations, the full name of the institution has been included in this field. Search for a location using the Advanced Search by entering the location code or name (e.g., CaOTUTF or Archives Saint-Sulpice) into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Location."

Search for the following libraries using the National Library of Canada location Code in the first column:

Abbreviations Description
CaACG Glenbow-Alberta Institute, Calgary
CaBVAS Simon Fraser University, Burnaby
CaBVAU University of British Columbia, Vancouver
CaBVIP Legislative Library, Victoria
CaNBMOU Université de Moncton
CaNBS Saint John Regional Library
CaNBSAM Mount Allison University, Sackville
CaNBSM New Brunswick Museum, St. John
CaNSH Halifax Regional Library
CaNSHD Dalhousie University, Halifax
CaNSHL Nova Scotia Legislative Library, Halifax
CaNSHP Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management, Halifax
CaNSWA Acadia University, Wolfville
CaOGU University of Guelph
CaOH Hamilton Public Library
CaOHM McMaster University, Hamilton
CaOKQ Queen's University, Kingston
CaOKQENG Engineering and Science Library, Queen's University, Kingston
CaOLU University of Western Ontario, London
CaOOA National Archives of Canada, Ottawa
CaOONL National Library of Canada, Ottawa
CaOOP Library of Parliament, Ottawa
CaOOU University of Ottawa
CaOTAR Archives of Ontario, Toronto
CaOTCC United Church of Canada and Victoria University Archives, Toronto
CaOTLS Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto
CaOTMCL Massey College, Toronto
CaOTMCL Metropolitan Toronto Library
CaOTU University of Toronto
CaOTUED Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
CaOTULS Faculty of Information Science Library, University of Toronto
CaOTUTF Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto
CaOTV Victoria University, Toronto
CaOTYL Law Library, York University, Toronto
CaQMF Fraser-Hickson Library, Montreal
CaQMBM Bibliothèque de Montréal
CaQMBN Bibliothèque nationale du Québec, Montreal
CaQMM McGill University, Montreal
CaQMMRB Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University, Montreal
CaQMU Université de Montréal
CaQQA Ministre de l'Agriculture, Québec
CaQQL Assemblé nationale du Québec
CaQQLA Université Laval, Québec
CaQQS Bibliothèque du Séminaire de Québec
USMN-H Harvard University, Cambridge

Search for the following institutions by entering the name of the institution, either in full or in part:

  • Archives de la Chancellerie de l'Archevêché de Montréal
  • Archives nationales du Québec
  • Archives provinciales des Pères de Sainte-Croix, Montréal, QC
  • Archives Saint-Sulpice de Montréal, Montréal, QC
  • Bibliothèque Archevêché de Montréal, Montréal, QC
  • Bibliothèque Atwater, Montréal, QC
  • Bibliothèque de la Législature, Québec, QC
  • Bibliothèque des Pères Franciscains, Montréal, QC
  • Fraser-Hickson Library, Montréal, QC
  • Petit Séminaire de Québec, Québec, QC
  • Scholasticat de l'Immaculée-Conception, QC

CIHM

The number of the microfiche when a catalogue has been published by the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions. Search for a particular CIHM number using the Advanced Search. Enter the number (e.g., 89994) into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "CIHM."


Notes

Further information about a catalogue prepared by the creator of the record. Search the notes using the Basic Search by entering search terms or phrases (e.g., Owner not identified) into the text-entry box labelled "Keywords." Or search the notes using the Advanced Search by entering the search term or phrase 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, details about the owner, location of the original catalogue, call numbers, etc.


Entry in Bibliography

Bibliographic information about a bibliography which lists the catalogue. Search for bibliography information using the Advanced Search by entering the text (e.g., Bibliography of Canadian Imprints) into one of the text-entry boxes and in the pull-down list beside the text-entry box, select "Bibliography."


Type

A descriptor for the type of catalogue. Search this field using the Basic Search by entering the search term (e.g., law library) into the text-entry box labelled "Keywords." Or use the Advanced Search by selecting the term from the "Type" pull-down list.

The following is a list of the terms used in the "Type" field. Enter the text exactly as it appears here for best search results.

academic library
antiquarian bookseller
book auction
bookseller
business or mercantile library
company library
depository library
factory library
free library
government library
law library
legislative library
mechanics' institute
medical library
mobile library
national library
parish library
printer
prison library
private library
private school library
professional library
public library
publisher
publisher's agent
regional library
religious library
rural library
school district library
school library
science library
social library
special library
subscription library
Sunday school library
urban library

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