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Canadiana Authorities

Canadiana : Autorités de noms en français / Canadian Subject Headings

Source: Library and Archives Canada

The Canadiana authority file contains two record types:

  • Canadiana Name Authorities in French are used by Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and other Canadian libraries when creating bibliographic descriptions in French.

    The database contains over 600,000 records for names, names/titles, uniform titles, and series titles. The appropriate forms of names, names/titles, uniform titles, and serials titles in English, if applicable, are present in 7XX fields. When cataloguing in English, LAC uses the Library of Congress/NACO Authority File (LC/NAF).
     
  • Canadiana Subject Headings In English is a list of subject headings in the English language, using controlled vocabulary, to access and express the topic content of documents on Canada and Canadian topics.

    The database currently contains around 2,500 subject and geographic name headings in English.

Canadiana indexes and indexed fields

Types of headings

See Canadiana indexes and indexed fields for a list of headings.

Controllable fields

Only the following fields permit the control of these headings using a Canadiana authority record:

  • 100, 110, 111, 130, 700, 710, 711, 730, 800, 810, 811, 830 (where $b = "free")
  • 600, 610, 611, 630, 651, second indicator 6

Search or browse for a Canadiana authority record

When working with WorldCat bibliographic records, you can search the Canadiana authority records to determine the correct forms for names, names/titles, uniform titles, or series titles associated with the resource you are describing.

  1. From the Data Type drop-down list, select Authority Records.
  2. From the Scope drop-down list, select a scope.
    • Canadiana - searches the Canadiana file
    • Canadiana - Browse - browses the Canadiana file
  3. From the Index drop-down list, select an index. For a list of all indexes, see Candiana indexes and indexed fields.
  4. In the Term(s) text field, enter your search terms. The text field will expand to fit your search terms, if needed.
  5. Click Search. The Search results page appears with the matching authorities results listed in a table.
    Search results columns - Table
    column description
    Name The name of the authority and its associated See (4xx) and See Also (5xx) references.
     Note: See and See Also references are displayed as links if they lead to an authority record. Click the link to open the authority record in the MARC editor.
    Field The field in which the authority appears.
    Description Lists information about personal, corporate/conference, or geographic names.
    Action Click Edit to open the authority record in the MARC 21 editor. Click Derive to open the Derive Authority Record dialog.
  6. Click the name of the matching item to view the authority file record.

Search or browse the Canadiana authority history file

When working with Canadiana authority records, you can view the current version and all changes made to an authority record using the Canadiana authority history file.

  1. From the Data Type drop-down list, select Authority Records.
  2. From the Scope drop-down list, select a scope.
    • Canadiana History File - searches the Canadiana history file
    • Canadiana History File - Browse - browses the Canadiana history file
  3. From the Index drop-down list, select an index.
    • Canadiana History File
      • Control Number
      • Heading
      • Superseded By Control Number
    • Canadiana History File - Browse
      • Control Number
      • Heading Phrase
      • Superseded By Control Number
  4. In the Term(s) text field, enter your search terms. The text field will expand to fit your search terms, if needed.
  5. Click Search. The results list opens.
     Note: If you selected Canadiana History File - Browse as your scope, click an index term to access the results list.
    Canadiana History File - Browse results - Example
    Canadiana History File - Browse results list
    Canadiana History File search results - Example
    (Optional) From the results list, you can sort using the Sort by drop-down list and filter using the Status Option drop-down list.
    Sort options
    • Most Recent at Top (default)
    • Oldest at Top
    • LCCN
    • Control Number
    • Main Entry
    Filters
    • None (default)
    • Corrected or Revised Record
    • New Record
    • Deleted Record
  6. Click View to view an authority record.
    (Optional) Click Print to print the authority record.
  7. Click View Current Version to open the authority record in the authority record editor.
  8. From the authority record editor, you can view superseded versions of the authority record by selecting Record > View Superseded Versions.
    Superseded versions of an authority record - Example
    Canadiana history file - superseded versions

Apply Canadiana authority heading information to a bibliographic record

After you control a heading and replace the record in WorldCat, Record Manager automatically updates the heading whenever the linked authority record changes.

  1. Open the record to which you wish to apply Canadiana authority heading information.
  2. In the MARC 21 editor, click the field immediately above the location where you want to add the controlled field and then click the Add Field button (Add Field button).
  3. In the Basic search panel, select Canadiana (to search the Canadiana file) or Canadiana - Browse (to browse the Canadiana file).
  4. From the Index drop-down list, select an index.
  5. Based on the index you selected, enter your search terms. The text field will expand to fit your search terms, if needed.
  6. Click Search. The Search results page appears with the matching authorities results listed in a table.
    Search results columns - Table
    column description
    Name The name of the authority and its associated See (4xx) and See Also (5xx) references.
     Note: See and See Also references are displayed as links if they lead to an authority record. Click the link to open the authority record in the MARC editor.
    Field The field in which the authority appears.
    Description Lists information about personal, corporate/conference, or geographic names.
    Action Click Edit to open the authority record in the MARC 21 editor. Click Derive to open the Derive Authority Record dialog.
  7. Click the Name of the matching authority to view the authority file record.
  8. Click Copy Link Data.
  9. Return to the field you created in the MARC 21 editor.
  10. Select Apply Authority Link from the Edit drop-down menu. The Canadiana authority heading information is added to the field. The header displays as a hyperlink in the bibliographic record and the $0 value is shown as a mouse-over of the link.

 

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