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Where to find details of ALL English, German & French bo

Post by sid guttridge » Fri Jul 14, 2006 4:19 am

The full details of all books ever published in English, German and French can be found at the on-line catalogues of the following national copyright libraries:


USA - Library of Congress:

http://catalog.loc.gov/


UK - British Library:

http://catalogue.bl.uk/F/MFD6ITM2RTMTGJ ... _base=BLAC


Germany - Deutsche Nationalbibliothek:

http://www.ddb.de/


France - Bibliotheque National:

http://catalogue.bnf.fr/framesWEB.jsp;j ... =catalogue


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Sid.

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Post by Lorenz » Fri Jul 14, 2006 2:08 pm

That's a very useful post, Sid, and I hope everyone makes note of it. When the researcher has gone to those locations and eventually identified a book he or she wants to buy, they can then go to the following web site that has a data base of approximately 100-million separate titles and the identity of the bookdealers who have them for sale:

http://www.eurobuch.com/

This data base incorporates all of the other on-line book data bases such as ABA Books, Alibris, Campusi, AddALL and many, many others. I have never looked for a book and not found it there. Further, the books are usually accompanied by a descriptive blurb that gives additional information not found in the national library data bases.

Quite often the researcher would prefer to borrow the book rather than purchase it. and there is a special data base for that, too. It's called WorldCat (short for World Catalog). It's the former OCLC data base and has about 70,000,000 titles. Unfortunately, you must go to your local public or university library to use it, since a connection to it is by subscription. Typically, a public library system with a main library and 12 to 18 branch libraries would pay $5,000 a year subscription fees. But WorldCat is worth it because it identifies every single library in the world that owns that book. The researcher can then either go to that library if within travel distance or request it through interlibrary loan.

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Post by sid guttridge » Wed Oct 25, 2006 12:08 am

Hi Moderators,

Could you possibly get this put on permanent display near the top of the books section? It could save a lot of people a lot of research but is getting gradually buried. I have just recovered it from page 4.

Cheers,

Sid.

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Re: Where to find details of ALL English, German & French bo

Post by Lorenz » Thu Oct 01, 2009 5:01 am

Since this thread was developed some three years ago, WorldCat (Worldwide On-Line Catalog) has become free and open to the public:

http://www.worldcat.org/

Lorenz

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