Book Index with Reviews

Whether you need a bibliographic database for collection development or a tool to help patrons identify titles, Book Index with Reviews is the right choice. BIR includes full-text reviews and is perfect for developing booklists and subject guides.

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At a Glance

Subject Area: Collection Development

Ideal For: Public Libraries

Content Includes

  • More than 7.7 million book records
  • More than 1 million music records
  • More than 280,000 e-book records
  • More than 200,000 audiobook records
  • More than 46,000 movie records
  • More than 700,000 records with full-text reviews

Other Features of Book Index with Reviews:

  • Popularity ratings based on national sales data
  • One-click access to all titles from a particular author/artist
  • Focused limiters for music and DVD/Video searching, including genre and MPG ratings
  • Lexile scores

Entertainment Component Included

BIR also includes the BIR Entertainment component. With BIR Entertainment, users can find music or DVD/videos featuring a favorite artist or performer, or specific genre.

Simple and Intuitive Search Options 

Searching BIR is simple and intuitive. At the Basic Search, users can enter a title, author or key word. At the search results, users can further narrow their searches in a variety of ways, such as by subject headings (in the Narrow Results by option on the left side of the page) or by publication date, in-print status, fiction/nonfiction and more.

Advanced Book Search provides many additional useful options, such as limiting by page count, grade level or edition type. Search results are presented clearly, allowing users to know at a glance the print status of the title, whether it is fiction or nonfiction, if a review is available 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 tables of contents are among the rich content that can be found at the title record.

Collection Development Features for Staff

Staff will especially appreciate the ability to search 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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