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The British National Bibliography: Exercise

The British National Bibliography contains all the new books published in the UK and Ireland. It is published weekly and annually in print and monthly on CD-ROM. Most libraries will have access to it.

Look at the following extract from Volume 1, 1987. Answer the questions that follow:


338.8'87 - Mexico. Car industries. Development. Role of multinational companies

Bennett, Douglas C.. Transnational corporations versus the state: the political economy of the Mexican auto industry / by Douglas C. Bennett and Kenneth E. Sharpe. - Princeton N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1985. - xiii, 299p ; 24cm

Bibliography: p281-293. - Includes index

ISBN 0-691-07689-8 (cased) : £30.20

ISBN 0-691-07689-8 (pbk) : £7.20



  1. What is the title of the book?
  2. Who is the main author?
  3. Are there any other authors? What are their names?
  4. In which section of the library would you find the book?
  5. When was the book published?
  6. Where was the book published?
  7. Which company published the book?
  8. Does the book have any illustrations?
  9. Is it a big book?
  10. How many pages are there in the book?
  11. Does it have a bibliography? Where?
  12. Does it have an index?
  13. What is the ISBN number of the paperback edition?
  14. What is the price of the paperback edition?
  15. Write an entry for this book to include in the References section of your essay.

The abbreviations used are:




pages. The preliminary pages, if they are separately numbered, are shown separately. For example, vii, 222p. means seven preliminary pages are numbered with roman numerals and two hundred and twenty-two pages of text.


pages generally containing illustrative matter, frequently numbered and sometimes on different paper.


illustrations in the text or on plates.


coloured illustrations.


facsimile reproductions.


genealogical table.




centimetres-used to give the height of a book.


paperback book.


International Standard Book Number


prices current at the time of appearance

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