Guidance

About this catalogue

This microsite is part of the website for the research project, 'Magazines, Travel and Middlebrow Culture in Canada, 1925-1960.' The project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council from 2011 to 2013, is in collaboration with the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (http://www.cwrc.ca). One objective of our project is to create a catalogue of bibliographic records generated from tables of contents pages from two of our six magazines, Mayfair and La Revue Moderne. We wanted to do this in two formats: a searchable, interactive online catalogue, which you see before you, and also an exported set of records to be ingested by the digital platform at CWRC. This catalogue is just one of our project outputs. For more information about our project and the project outputs, please go to the 'About the project' page (http://www.middlebrowcanada.org/AbouttheProject/tabid/398/language/en-GB/Default.aspx)

What can I find here?

In this catalogue you can find the type of information that would appear on a table of contents page for each issue in this collection, mainly the magazine staff and article listings.

Our catalogue contains bibliographic information from selected issues of the magazines Mayfair and La Revue Moderne. We have catalogued most of the issues of Mayfair for the years 1927, 1930, 1935, 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955, and 1959, and most of the issues of La Revue Moderne for the years 1950-1959.

We have catalogued these issues down to the article level. Whereas most library and archive catalogues will only be able to display which years and issues are held by the institution, our site can tell you the names of the articles, authors, and editors for the issues we have catalogued.

We do not provide the full text of the articles listed, only what one would find on a table of contents page. Mayfair magazine has not been digitised, but if you identify items of interest in La Revue Moderne, you can find the full text by downloading the appropriate issue from the Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec.

What do I need to know in order to use this catalogue better?

We have two types of entries in our catalogue: magazine staff and magazine items. Magazine staff are primarily entries relating to editorial staff, but also include social correspondents or other non-editors. Each entry represents a person tied to a magazine issue, but not a specific article. Magazine items are primarily articles, but also include graphics, covers, tables of contents, and any other specific item that appeared in a specific issue. Magazine items will often have an author attached, but not always.

Exploring our catalogue by browsing

On the browsing page you can view all of the bibliographic information in our collection, narrowed down or filtered by magazine, year, and even month. This means you can essentially view a digital table of contents for an issue, or a set of issues. Below the 'magazine' 'year' and 'month' filters, you can choose whether or not you only want to view the magazine staff or the items.

 

Searching our catalogue

On the search page, you can either do a 'person search' or a 'keyword search'. A person search will allow you to search for all or part of an author, artist, or editor's name (for example, you can try 'Benoit' for Jehane P. Benoit, or 'Herbert' for J. Herbert Hodgins). When you type in a name under a person search, a list will pop up with some suggested names based on known pseudonyms and name variants. The results that are returned will show an icon of a person if it is a magazine staff entry or an icon of a note if it is a magazine item (see above). A keyword search will show you the items with a title containing that word or its derivations (for example, you can try 'fashion', 'London', or 'dance'). Results of a keyword search only include magazine items, not magazine staff entries.

You will be able to sort the search results by name, role, item title, and year, by clicking on the column headings.

Two useful features within the search results

If you click on the name of a person in the search results, you will see a list of every appearance of that person in our collection, even if that person wrote under different names.

If you click on the magazine name in the search results, you will be shown the virtual table of contents for that issue, including magazine staff and magazine items.

Technical information about our catalogue

The metadata schema chosen for this project is the Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS), as this is what the CWRC digital platform uses. Our MODS specification was developed from MODS version 3.4 and we have made every attempt at strict compliance (http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/mods-guidance.html). We are using the full MODS specification, not the 'MODS Lite' version that uses only the 15 fields that correspond to Dublin Core fields (http://www.loc.gov/standards/mods/userguide/lite.html).