Canadiana: The National Bibliography of Canada

Since 1950, Library and Archives Canada has been producing Canadiana, a comprehensive bibliography that documents the nation's published heritage for present and future generations. 

Canadiana is available online through the LAC catalogues and through a subscription service for file transfers.

Canadiana:

  • lists and describes publications produced in Canada, or published elsewhere that are of special interest or significance to Canada. These include books, periodicals, sound recordings, microforms, music scores, pamphlets, government documents, theses, educational kits, video recordings and electronic documents
  • provides standard cataloguing information for each item
  • is used for reference and research, for verifying bibliographic information and for cataloguing records
  • is a valuable selection aid for the development of library collections, for compiling bibliographies on Canadian studies and for acquiring Canadian publications
  • includes ISBN and ISSN information, the numbering systems used by book dealers and publishers to identify books and periodicals

Online through the LAC catalogues

Canadiana is created from machine-readable records in the AMICUS Catalogue. As each item is created or amended, the information is immediately available in AMICUS and in the easy-to-use Library Search interface. A Canadiana limiter can be applied to each Library Search Results page. Canadiana authority records (name, title, and name/title) can be located by searching Canadiana Authorities.

Subscription service for file transfers

All AMICUS records created for Canadiana are available via file transfer through the MARC Records Distribution Service (MRDS). This subscription service provides MARC 21 machine-readable Canadiana records.

Send suggestions and comments to:

Bibliographic Description Division
Library and Archives Canada
550 Place de la Cité
Gatineau, QC J8T 0A7
CANADA
Fax: 819-934-4388
Email: BAC.Descriptiondesressources-Resourcedescription.LAC@canada.ca

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