Due to a number of requests, we have provided a brief guide to
what this is and why we refer to it
The English Catalogue of Books has been, and continues to be, a very important tool in researching and preparing the bibliographies you see on this site. We also cross check all entries with major deposit and research libraries such as the British Library and the Bodlean.
The ECB has
two major attributes.
The book is produced every year and refers to the previous years book releases. In theory, this should be every book published, though experience has shown us that there are missing titles, especially during the 1939-1941 period, something acknowledged in the ECB. Given the scale of the task, the ECB does a remarkable job.
We hope that this gives people, who are seeking an answer to the question of what is the English Catalogue of Books, a brief and helpful description.
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