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December 2, 2006 3:51 PM   Subscribe

Where should I search in order to generate a list of all/most books published (in English, for the past 20 years or so) about a particular topic? I have a feeling that using Amazon plus my local library isn't giving me comprehensive results. Is there some kind of all-libraries database? Or all books that have been issued ISBN numbers?
posted by xo to Grab Bag (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
worldcat?
posted by Grod at 4:01 PM on December 2, 2006


The Library of Congress might be a good place to start.
posted by brina at 4:10 PM on December 2, 2006


I was gonna say Grod beat me to it, but I have the right link. he he
posted by saffry at 4:11 PM on December 2, 2006


grrr.
posted by Grod at 4:22 PM on December 2, 2006


Seconding WorldCat.
posted by unknowncommand at 9:40 PM on December 2, 2006


Have a look at Books In Print -- despite its name, it also indexes out-of-print books. You might have remote access through your local library -- check out the library's homepage to see.
posted by climalene at 8:31 AM on December 3, 2006


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