Top 10 Scottish Works
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The Scottish independence referendum takes place on 18 September 2014, when millions of Scots will vote on whether they want their country to become independent or remain part of the United Kingdom. In recognition of this historic event, we're sharing a list of Top 10 Scottish Works.
This list represents the top 10 most globally popular works from the Scottish presence in the published record. The Scottish presence includes all works published in Scotland, by Scottish authors, or about Scotland. A national presence in the published record is defined to include materials published in the country, published by the country’s nationals, or published about the country. A work is a distinct intellectual or artistic creation by a person, group, or corporate body, which is identified by a name or title. Global popularity of works is measured by how widely held they are in library collections.
This list was generated from OCLC WorldCat bibliographic and holdings data, and was originally published in the 2013 OCLC Research report, Not Scotch But Rum: The Scope and Diffusion of the Scottish Presence. The report explains why Scottish authors are especially influential in global diffusion of Scottish presence in published record, which includes nearly two million distinct publications.
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