Tuesday Thingers – Cataloging

Cataloging sources. What cataloging sources do you use most? Any particular reason? Any idiosyncratic choices, or foreign sources, or sources you like better than others? Are you able to find most things through LT’s almost 700 sources?

I almost hate to admit it, but when entering my books into LibraryThing, I generally search first in Amazon because I am lazy and, with the help of ISBN, can generally find the edition for which I am looking. I do not, however, simply take what Amazon gives me as face value, at least most of the time. I have been trying to check the title for extraneous information (Oprah’s Book Club Edition!) and delete that, and edit whatever else does not match my physical book. For awhile I was trying to use the Library of Congress, but I never updated my default search, so that didn’t last very long. I will say, I can find most of what I accumulate by doing this. I did just have a difficult time finding “The Last Days of Pompeii,” including in some University libraries and I did have to add that one manually, but that is the exception, not the rule.

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7 comments to Tuesday Thingers – Cataloging

  • I don’t think using Amazon is laziness- and it seems like a lot of people are using this question as an opportunity to berate themselves, but what’s wrong with using a good solid source that gives you the info you need? :-)

  • You do have a good point. I would agree with you if I used Amazon because I actually prefer it. I don’t care much either way, although I would LIKE to use LOC, but I can’t be bothered enough to go in and change it, so it probably is laziness.

  • Honestly I never even considered using something other than Amazon, I’ll have to check out LoC.

  • I agree with the others–there’s no need to beat ourselves up for using the simplest option when that one works so well. I would imagine that those LTers who are more familiar with the other sources are like me–they have lots of old books or foreign language books.

  • Yes, I try to go through and take out all the extra information Amazon includes with the book title. Not sure why they do that, but it can be very annoying. I’m with Marie, though – if the database exists and it’s easy to use, I say use it!

  • I also really hate the extra information that Amazon includes. It’s bad enough that I have a movie tie-in edition, I certainly don’t want it saying that in parenthesis next to the title!

  • Yeah, I know the backlash against amazon is pretty strong right now, but they do what they do well!