Literature buffs and book club devotees rejoice! UBC Library just purchased the Book Review Index Plus database, a comprehensive guide to book reviews that includes more than 5 million review citations from thousands of publications. More than 634,000 of the citations also include the full text of the reviews.

Searching is possible by author or title of the book under review, or by the journal in which the review appeared. Advanced Search allows combining author, title, and journal, and also permits searching by reviewer, illustrator, publisher, and additional limiting by length of review, refereed journals only, date, and full-text reviews. Citations can be marked for printing or e-mailing. Also includes reviews of audio books, e-books, and periodicals.

Thanks go to UBC Okanagan for funding this resource.

Credo Reference is a giant online reference library that provides access to a selection of reference books including encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations, plus a broad range of subject-specific titles covering everything from literature to history to psychology to geography.

In addition to the individual reference works, Credo Reference also adds a unique layer with Concept Maps and Topic Pages, and offers extensive customizability. Search results are sorted into Topic pages (which include articles, books, news, images, and videos) and Reference Entries.

The Concept Maps provide a unique entry way into a topic. The maps are visual interactive maps that displays how search terms and topics in Credo Reference are interconnected.  Simply search for your topic to generate a topic map, and then click a concept node to see an entry for that particular entry.

The trial is on now until December 31, 2010. Give it a try and don’t forget to send your feedback using this form.

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