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. 

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At a Glance

Subject Area: Collection Development
Ideal For: Public Libraries

What are Core Collections?

For all of your collection development and maintenance, general reference and readers’ advisory needs, Core Collections (formerly H.W. Wilson's Standard Catalogs) are reliable guides to help librarians build and maintain well-rounded collections of the most highly recommended reference, non-fiction and fiction books. Learn more about Core Collections.

Available Packages:

H.W. Wilson Core Collections 3-pack:

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

H.W. Wilson Core Collections 5-pack (includes access to dedicated Core Collections Complete interface):

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

Created by Librarians, for Librarians

Created by subject librarians and covering a wide range of topics including health and personal finance, the Nonfiction Core Collection database is an ideal resource for collection development, readers’ advisory and curriculum support.

The Nonfiction Core Collection database provides all metadata to aid in selection for larger libraries and subject-level collections. It includes features such as book review citations and excerpts, book covers, advanced searching and sorting capabilities and monthly content updates not available the print edition. Four recommendation levels include most highly recommended, core collection, supplementary materials and archival.

The print edition is an abridgment of the database and contains listings for titles in two recommendation levels — most highly recommended and core collection — plus additional metadata and evaluative excerpts for making collection development decisions. New editions are published approximately every two years.

View the print version of Nonfiction Core Collection