Since Macedonian officially was not declared a language until 1944, one must trace publications from the territory of Macedonia before 1944 and these publications may be found in the bibliographies of several different countries such as Former Yugoslavia and Bulgaria. See the pages entitled National Bibliography for Former Yugoslavia and National Bibliography for Bulgaria for annotations of resources that may be helpful for locating Macedonian publications. Even before 1944 there were some bibliographies concerning Macedonian publications, but in 1950 a systematic, comprehensive Yugoslav national bibliography, which included publications from Macedonia, began to appear under the title Bibliografija Jugoslavije. In addition, the National Library in Skopje has published since 1951 a separate national bibliography Makedonska bibliografija which records only Macedonian works. A few retrospective bibliographies for Macedonia have also been produced.
A brief survey in English of Macedonian publishing trends appeared in a special issue of Slavic & East European Information Resources, 1:2/3, 2000 which is entitled "Publishing in Yugoslavia's Successor States". One of the articles is George Mitrevski's "Publishing in Macedonia". For further reading on Macedonian bibliography see the article entitled "Bibliografija" in Enciklopedija Jugoslavije, volume 1 [UIUC Call Number: Yugoslav Reference 914.97 En16]. One short section of it is devoted to Macedonia.
The website of the National and University Library "St. Kliment Ohridski" in Skopje has links to Macedonian online catalogs, including two very important ones: the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) of the National Library and COBIB.MK (Vzaemna bibliografsko-katalozna baza), a union catalog of Macedonian libraries. Both catalogs are part of the COBISS system like the catalogs of the other former republics of Yugoslavia so the interfaces are all the same. Computerized cataloging in the Library started at the beginning of 1989 and the database contains over 110,000 bibliographic records covering monographs, serials, dissertations, and articles from journals that are published in Macedonia (FYR). The Macedonian National Bibliography (MNB) also is a part of the Library's bibliographic database. The interface allows for extensive flexibility in searching with simple, intermediate and advanced searching screens. For example, one may search by keyword, author, title, subject or ISSN/ISBN. It is also possible to limit a search by date or language. The interfaces are in both Macedonian and English and searching does not necessitate Cyrillic fonts. See the image below taken from the National Library's OPAC to recognize the COBISS interface and examine a record for a book by Blaze Koneski.
Another database available as part of the COBISS system is a cinematographic catalog from 1895- present. The description from the catalog's information section reads as follows: "DATAFILM is a factographical and bibliographic data-file on the Macedonian, former Yugoslav and world-wide film art
and industry. DATAFILM includes filmographical data originating from already cataloged films, other film footage and video recordings of Macedonian, former Yugoslav and world film production as well as from other relevant documentation sources (screenplays, contracts, catalogs, propaganda materials, filmographies etc.). Data entry is done both in Macedonian and English language".
Hadzi Kimov, Vasil. Skopje: Narodna i Univerzitetska Biblioteka, 1970. 289 p.
UIUC Call Number: Yugoslav Reference Q.015.4976 R315
Compiled by scholars at the Macedonian National Library, this retrospective bibliography of Macedonian books covers over 2900 works up to 1944. A more detailed description of the territory involved is as follows: books published in geographic and ethnic Macedonia until 1913; modern-day Macedonia until 1944; Aegean Macedonia until 1949; works emanating from the Macedonian revolutionary-liberation movement published in Sofia, Belgrade, etc., till 1944. It includes a separate list of Hebraica published in Thessaloniki 16th-18th centuries. The entries are arranged alphabetically by author. There are author/name and subject indexes. See the image on the right for a work by L.S. Karavelov.
Skopje: Narodna i Univerzitetska Biblioteka, 1951- .
UIUC Call Number: Yugoslav Reference 015.4956 Sk5m 1944-1969 [UIUC lacks 2.del of 1968-1969] [UIUC lacks all volumes of all series from 1970- present]
This national bibliography covers Macedonian books, music, and articles from the end of 1944 through the present day. Over the years the title has changed format and undergone several title changes, but the initial part of the title has always been Makedonska bibliografija. The compilations are based on items received as a result of the depository laws. The first volume of this set, 1944-1949, by Nada Petrova is the first Macedonian bibliography compiled using modern bibliographic methods. Each subsequent volume covers two years of publications and is divided into sections for books (1.del) and articles (2.del) from Macedonian periodicals. Within these two section the citations are arranged by subject. There are indexes for authors and a list of periodicals from which the articles were culled. In 1972 this title became an annual publication instead of a biennial, but the University of Illinois does not hold any volumes after 1968-1969. In 1980 the title split into two separate serials called Makedonska bibliografija. 1. serija, Monografski publikacii and Makedonska bibliografija. 2. serija, Statii i prilozi. In 1993 a third series emerged which covers periodicals, Makedonska bibliografija. 3. serija, Seriski publikacii. The first volume of series 3 was retrospective covering 1944/1984, the second 1985, and the third, 1986-1993. For more recent years the national bibliography is part of the online catalog described above. See the entry below for several items that appeared in the 1954-1955 volume under the heading "Macedonian literature".