Book Index with Reviews

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Whether you need a bibliographic database for collection development or are looking for an easy-to-use discovery tool for patrons, Book Index with Reviews is the right choice. Perfect for developing booklists and subject guides, BIR includes over 4 million book titles as well as close to 700,000 music and DVD/video titles, with more being added constantly. Staff will find BIR indispensable for addressing daily challenges such as finding replacement copies and full-text reviews, and by using the ___ _ __My BIR ___ _ alert service, they will be ahead of the game on new editions, forthcoming titles from popular authors or new releases on hot topics. Searching BIR is simple and intuitive. Basic Book Search allows patrons to select their range of media (Books, Music, Video) and set limiters to help them zero in on precisely what they need. Advanced Book Search provides many useful options, such as limiting by page count or grade level, and even includes a link to the Freehand Boolean Search page for the "supersearchers" in your library. Search results are presented clearly, allowing patrons to know at a glance the print status of the title, whether it is fiction or nonfiction, audience level, and page count, including a brief annotation and book jacket. With a direct link to your library's catalog, it takes just one click to find out if the title is available. Full-text reviews and links to first chapters and tables of content are among the rich content that can be found at the title record. BIR is loaded with features for staff too. Those doing collection development will appreciate having the price listed on the results page, and Baker & Taylor customers can link directly to Title Source 3 for easy ordering. Staff will especially appreciate the ability to search and browse by Dewey range, particularly helpful for assisting readers of nonfiction and those doing research. A persistent link is displayed at each results list as well as at the title record, and multiple print and e-mail delivery options make BIR a terrific tool for remote reference activities. It is simple to set searching and viewing preferences using My BIR, and patrons and staff will want to take advantage of options for saving searches, lists and alerts. Libraries can customize BIR by adding direct links to their EBSCOhost databases, expanding discovery possibilities across the full range of the collection.

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