Sources of Bibliographic Information

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For an overview of the sources used by the ISFDB in 1994-2004 see Reference:General Overview.

This page lists resources that ISFDB editors can use to verify bibliographic data. Note that this list is not intended to be all-inclusive. If you find yourself regularly using a resource that is not listed here, please feel free to add it to the page.

Web Bibliographies

Aggregate Library Catalogs and Search Engines

  • WorldCat is a collection of 200+ million searchable bibliographic records maintained by the OCLC inter-library cooperative. Covers books, serials, music, films and some other types of holdings. OCLC is in the process of linking individual editions to present a Summary/Detail view of the catalog similar to the ISFDB's Title/Publication view, but it's a work in progress. You can access the data in this catalog in the following ways:
    • Public WorldCat interface is a Web interface available for free since August 2006. Use the {{OCLC}} template when referring to this source in ISFDB note fields and within the ISFDB Wiki.
    • OCLC Fiction Finder provides access to all fiction cataloged by OCLC, including shrunk cover scans when available.
    • WorldCat genres lets users browse WorldCat data by genre, e.g. science fiction or cyberpunk.
    • The xISBN Web service allows developers to submit an ISBN and retrieve a list of related ISBNs along with their basic bibliographic data.
    • OCLC FirstSearch is another Web interface limited to subscribers.
See Help:Using Worldcat data for more details and warnings.
  • Sigla Searches 1600 library catalogs, click on the British flag icon for the English language version. Use the {{Sigla}} template when referring to this source within the ISFDB Wiki.
  • British Library Integrated Catalogue Searches the combined holdings of the British library. A very good source for UK publications, and may be helpful on any publication. The "system number" is a unique identifier for a particular record, similar to the OCLC accession number. May be abbreviated as "BLIC". Often lists cover prices on books that have ISBNs -- rarely if ever on older books.
  • COPAC, combined catalog of numerous UK/Irish libraries.
  • Open Library is an open source project sponsored by the Internet Archive. Their stated goal is to have "One web page for every book ever published." They can be searched by ISBN or by title, author, Publisher and other fields. Once a book is found it can be linked to by ISBN, or by the OL's internal ID. Like the ISFDB, the OL depends on volunteer labor and freely available data.
  • Search engine for the US Social Security Death Index

Individual Library catalogs

  • Library of Congress Online Catalog. Use the {{LOC}} template when referring to this source within the ISFDB Wiki.
  • UC Library Search is the University of California’s new unified discovery and borrowing system that streamlines your search for UC Library collections, replacing Roger and Melvyl.

General SF Bibliographies

General Bibliographies that include SF

Regional Bibliographies that include SF



  • lists hundreds of publishers, magazines, reviewzines, etc, both current and defunct

Publisher Web sites

SF Romance and Erotica publishers

Books received by bookstores

Magazine Checklists and Indexes


Individual Magazines


Many fan pages are available where someone covers an area in great depth.

Author-specific sites

  • ERBzine Has cover scans and bibliographic data for many works by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
  • Hermann Hesse, very complete bibliography by Joseph Mileck, full text of the book available.


  • General:
    • Translated SF - "Non-English SF, available in Translation"
    • Unesco index of translations Index Translationum - cumulative bibliographical information on books translated and published in about one hundred of the UNESCO Member States between 1979 and 2009

Also see the ISFDB list of ISFDB:Language-Specific Abbreviations.




Individual awards

Notable Recommended/Reading Lists

Print Bibliographies

General Bibliographies

  • Donald H. Tuck. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy through 1968: A Bibliographic Survey of the Fields of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Weird Fiction through 1968, Chicago, Advent Publishers, 1974-1982, in 3 volumes:
    • v. 1. Who’s who, A-L. 1974, ISBN 0-911682-20-1
    • v. 2. Who’s who, M-Z. 1978, ISBN 0-911682-22-8
    • v. 3. Miscellaneous. 1982, ISBN 0-911682-26-0
  • Reginald1, Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature: A Checklist, 1700-1974, with Contemporary Science Fiction Authors II, Gale Research Co., October 1979, 1141p.
  • Reginald3, Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, 1975-1991: A Bibliography of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Fiction Books and Nonfiction Monographs, Gale Research Inc., November 1992, 1512 p.
  • The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, 2nd edition, eds. John Clute and Peter Nicholls, New York, St. Martin's Griffin, 1993, ISBN 0312096186, 1370p.
    • 1995 printing: ISBN 031213486X, 1386p. (3rd edition available only online)
  • Encyclopedia of Fantasy, eds. John Clute and John Grant, New York, St. Martin’s Press, 1997, ISBN 0312145942, 1049p.
  • Science-Fiction: The Early Years, ed. Everett F. Bleiler (with Richard J. Bleiler), Kent State University Press, 1990, ISBN 0873384164, 998p.
  • Jon Warren. The Official (R) Price Guide. Paperbacks, New York, House of Collectibles, 1991, ISBN 0876377932, 934p.
  • Lloyd Currey. Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors: A Bibliography of First Printings of Their Fiction and Selected Non-Fiction, Boston, G.K. Hall & Co., 1979, ISBN 0816182426, 571pp.
  • Christopher P. Stevens. A Checklist of Some New Science Fiction Writers, 1995-2007, Ultramarine Publishing Company, ISBN 0-89366-271-2, 190p.
  • Latin American Science Fiction Writers : An A-to-Z Guide[1]
  • Jack L. Chalker and Mark Owings. The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History 1923-1998, Electronic Edition, Westminster, Baltimore, Mirage Press, 1998, 1049p (pdf on CD).

Magazine Checklists and Bibliographies

  • Donald B. Day. Index to Science Fiction Magazines: 1926-1950, Perri Press, Portland, Oregon, 1952. (Revised with corrections, G. K. Hall, 1982)
  • Erwin S. Strauss. The MIT Science Fiction Society's Index to the Science Fiction Magazines 1951-1965, MITSFS, 1966.
  • Anthony R. Lewis. Index to the Science Fiction Magazines 1966-1970, NESFA Press, 1971.


  • Roger Robinson. Who's Hugh? An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms, Beccon Press, 1987, ISBN 1870824024, 173p.
  • Barry McGhan. Science Fiction and Fantasy Pseudonyms, Cleveland, Misfit Press, 1976, 1979, 70p. (945 authors and 1,483 pseudonyms)
  • Rock, James A. Who Goes There: A Bibliographic Dictionary of Pseudonymous Literature in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Bloomington, IN: James A. Rock & Co., Publishers, 1979, 201pp. (1200+ authors, 2000+ pseudonyms)




Downloads and APIs

Source # of records Format License Made available Update Frequency API API format Call frequency
Harvard Library Bibliographic Dataset 12 mil MARC-21 UTF-8 CC0 1.0 Public Domain Designation 2012-04 Weekly as of 2012 Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) beta JSON 3/sec
COPAC 70 UK libraries including British Library No download N/A N/A N/A API SRU MODS No limit
British National Bibliography 2012-02-12 update 3 mil XML RDF CC0 1.0 2010-11-15, last updated on 2012-02-12 6 months N/A N/A N/A