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Index-Catalogue of Medical and Veterinary Zoology (ICMVZ) Publication Guide

General Information

The Index-Catalogue of Medical and Veterinary Zoology (ICMVZ) is an historic compendium of parasitological literature and a key resource for researchers in emerging diseases and global animal health. It comprises more than 100 publications with about 20,000 pages of references.

With funding from the National Library of Medicine, Oklahoma State University Libraries and Texas A &M University Libraries digitized the Index-Catalogue and made it freely available online and electronically searchable.

This guide was originally created by Heather K. Moberly, AHIP, MLS, at Oklahoma State University. It's adapted for use at Texas A&M University.

Searching the ICMVZ

Here you will learn how to search both the print and the digital copies of the Index-Catalogue.

For purposes of this document, when we say “Index-Catalogue” or "ICMVZ" we are referring to the Index-Catalogue of Medical and Veterinary Zoology, as published by the Zoological Division of the Bureau of Animal Industry from 1932-1982, unless otherwise specified.

Whether you’re searching the print or the digital, understanding the history and structure of the Index-Catalogue is key to finding what you’re looking for. With that in mind, we’ve included a section on the history and the structure of the Index-Catalogue helpful for searching both the print and the Texas A&M University digitized Index-Catalogue.

The Index-Catalogue of Medical and Veterinary Zoology has many publications from several U.S. Government agencies, including USDA Bureau of Animal Industry Bulletins and U. S. Public Health Service Hygienic Laboratory Bulletins.  

Albert Hassall and Charles Stiles at the Zoological Division of the Bureau of Animal Industry began the Index-Catalogue when they started compiling literature citations on file cards in 1892. 

It was first published as Bulletin 39 of the Bureau of Animal Industry in 1903. Bulletin 39 was arranged by author and published in 36 parts between 1903 and 1912. The 1932 Index-Catalogue for Medical and Veterinary Zoology incorporated and continued this content.

Authors, Parts 1-18

The Index-Catalogue began with 18 volumes, arranged by author, which incorporated and updated Bulletin 39.  Published between 1932 and 1952, each volume included a portion of the alphabet (Aall to Azzolina, B to Bychkkov, C to Czygan, etc.).

Supplements 1-14

From 1953 to 1964 the Index-Catalogue published supplemental updates by author.  These supplements included citations for newly published items; a citation backlog that accumulated during the 20 years it took to publish the original 18 author volumes; and any other citations that were brought to the Index-Catalogue staff's attention.  Again, these were arranged by author. However, Supplements 1 to 5 each covered part of the alphabet (A to B, A to C, A to I, A to K, and A to Q) and Supplements 6-14 each include the alphabet from A to Z. 

Supplements 15-24

Beginning with Supplement 15 in 1965 and continuing to Supplement 24 in 1982, each supplement has seven parts. The Parasite-Supplement Catalogues (Parts 2-7) contain indices to the author references (Part 1).

Parts are:

  • Part 1 Authors
  • Part 2 Protozoa
  • Part 3 Trematoda and Cestoda
  • Part 4 Nematoda and Acanthocephala
  • Part 5

                      Supplement 15, Arthropoda, Mesozoa, Coelenterata, Mollusca, and Annelida
                      Supplements 16-23, Arthropoda and Miscellaneous Phyla

  • Part 6

                      Supplements 16-21, Subject Headings and Treatment
                      Supplements 22-23 divide Part 6 into three sub-parts with Part A and Part B covering Subject Headings and Part C covering Treatment 

  • Part 7 Hosts

Supplements 15-21 Parts 2-7 provide author, date, and letter (e.g. Smith, J.; and Doe, X., 1963 b) and refer back to Part 1, Authors, for complete bibliographical information. 
Supplements 22-23 Parts 2-7 include basic bibliographic information for each entry; but refer to Part 1, Authors, for full information, including title of the paper, translated title, presence of summaries in languages that differ from that of the text, issue date, etc. 
Supplement 24. The U.S. Government outsourced Supplement 24, the final supplement, to Oryx Press. Published in 1982, Oryx Press holds the copyright to this supplement and it is not included in our online version of the Index-Catalogue.  Supplement 24 is available in print at many libraries.  To locate a copy, please contact your local librarian.