Core Collections

These six unique databases contain librarian-selected book recommendations to assist librarians doing collection development and weeding. With documented selection criteria, four recommendation levels and unparalleled credibility, the Core Collections databases help librarians do their jobs better, faster and with more confidence.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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 and the YA section of public libraries.

Expert Recommendations

Core Collections — formerly H.W. Wilson’s Standard Catalogs — 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.

Each Core Collections product provides 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.

Available Packages

The H.W. Wilson Core Collections 5-pack includes: 

  • Fiction Core Collection
  • Nonfiction Core Collection
  • Children's Core Collection
  • Middle & Junior High Core Collection
  • Senior High Core Collection

The H.W. Wilson Core Collections 3-pack includes: 

  • Children’s Core Collection
  • Middle & Junior High Core Collection
  • Senior High Core Collection

Core Collections Complete

Subscribe to the Core Collections database 5-pack and enjoy access to the colorful Core Collections Complete interface. With this interface, you can:

  • Browse award-winning books by category, such as age level and genre
  • See recently added books every time you log in
  • Get ideas for book displays and book lists
  • Easily access selection criteria, curriculum standards and use cases

Print versions of Core Collections are also available.

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