Core Collections

Core Collections are impartial, authoritative guides that help librarians build and maintain well-rounded collections of the most highly recommended reference, nonfiction and fiction books. With documented selection criteria and an unparalleled level of credibility, Core Collections help librarians do their jobs better, faster and with more confidence.

Build your collection with librarian-curated book recommendations

Core Collections — formerly H.W. Wilson’s Standard Catalogs — provide complete bibliographic data including price, subject headings, professional aids for librarians and school media specialists, indicators for starred reviews, awards and industry best lists. Core Collections also complement NoveList products in supporting readers’ advisory.

Collections

Children's Core Collection

The Children’s Core Collection database is the ideal collection development, readers’ advisory and curriculum support resource for educators and librarians working with elementary students. It covers more than 50,000 fiction and nonfiction works recommended for readers in preschool through grade five. Children’s Core Collection is perfect for anyone who works with children’s literature.

Graphic Novels Core Collection 

The growing popularity of graphic novels makes them an increasingly important part of your school or public library's offerings. The Graphic Novels Core Collection database highlights more than 5,000 titles for all ages over three recommendation levels. The collection includes descriptive and evaluative annotations and cover art. Graphic Novels Core Collection is especially useful as librarians build graphic novel collections, especially from scratch.

Fiction Core Collection 

The Fiction Core Collection database includes more than 20,000 librarian-recommended titles for a general adult audience. Highlighting the most popular and widely-read classic and contemporary works of fiction, the database covers many genres including mystery, science fiction, fantasy, Western and romance and is perfect for libraries of all sizes navigating the vast fiction market.

Nonfiction Core Collection

The Nonfiction Core Collection database provides more than 50,000 highly recommended reference and nonfiction books for adults, as well as plays and poetry. It is an ideal resource for libraries developing nonfiction collections.

Middle & Junior High Core Collection

The Middle & Junior High Core Collection database is the ideal collection development, readers’ advisory and curriculum support resource for educators and librarians serving readers in grades five through nine. It contains more than 30,000 recommended fiction and nonfiction works for children and adolescents and is an essential resource for anyone who works with middle-grade books.

Senior High Core Collection

The Senior High Core Collection database highlights more than 30,000 fiction and nonfiction titles for students in grades 9 through 12. Covering young adult literature and adult novels with teen appeal, it is an ideal resource for high school libraries, the YA section of public libraries and anyone else who works with young adult literature collections.

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Recommended to librarians and libraries at all levels. Easy to use, economical and time-saving for librarians and paraprofessionals working on collection development.

— Booklist