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Books U.S. (database)
Computer file
A subset of MDS--Complete and MDS--Books All and also available separately

The best source of cataloging available for books printed in the United States. Contains MARC records for monographs bearing U.S. imprints cataloged by LC. Includes all languages; the majority of records are for English-language materials. Available in MARC 21 and MARCXML formats.

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2018 Subscription:Available weekly. Approximately 325,000 records, including 75,000 new records.

2018 price: $7,670

Retrospective: 1968-2014: 3,422,000 records. File size: 3,193 MB. Avg. record length: 933 bytes.

2018 price: $7,890

Introduction to MARC Distribution Services (data set)

Library of Congress cataloging records are available via FTP (File Transfer Protocol) delivery. Records are for materials in hundreds of languages, including non-roman alphabets in original scripts. MDS provides national level cataloging for almost all English-language imprints.

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