Introduction to Searching Books in Print with Reviews & Fiction Connection via NebraskAccess


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If you perform collection development or reader’s advisory services but don’t know much about Books in Print with Reviews or Fiction Connection, this is the class for you. See a variety of search techniques demonstrated and find out what unique functionality each database has to offer. These two Bowker products, available at no cost to you through NebraskAccess, just might make your job easier!

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Introduction to Searching Books in Print with Reviews & Fiction Connection via NebraskAccess

  1. 1. Introduction to Searching Books in Print with Reviews & Fiction Connection via NebraskAccess Susan Knisely Online Services Librarian Nebraska Library Commission May 4, 2007
  2. 2. What is NebraskAccess? <ul><li>A portal to state-funded online databases provided to Nebraska residents through their public, school, and academic libraries in cooperation with the Nebraska Library Commission (NLC). </li></ul>
  3. 3. BIP/Fiction Connection Timeline <ul><li>November 1998 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Start statewide subscription to Books in Print with Reviews via Gale Group. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>July 2000 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Switch to subscription, available directly from Bowker. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>February 2004 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bowker introduces user-friendly interface. We get complimentary access and link to it from NebraskAccess. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Timeline (cont.) <ul><li>February 2004 (cont.) </li></ul><ul><ul><li> becomes Professional . Access available through the Librarian’s Toolbox. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>April 2006 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bowker introduces Fiction Connection , a reader’s advisory tool. We get complimentary access and link to if from NebraskAccess. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. About <ul><ul><li>Over 6.1 million records describing in-print, out-of-print, and forthcoming book, audio, and video titles. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 30,000 full text previews, 700,000 full-text reviews, and 140,000 tables of content. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>User-friendly interface caters to both the inexperienced and advanced searcher. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 200,000 publishers represented. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Why Use <ul><li>To identify books, audios, and videos on topics of interest (for purchase or ILL) </li></ul><ul><li>To verify bibliographic citations </li></ul><ul><li>To determine availability (e.g., is item still in print?) </li></ul><ul><li>To access reviews in response to a book challenge </li></ul>
  7. 7. About Fiction Connection <ul><li>Free with any subscription. </li></ul><ul><li>Focus is adult fiction and biography titles; also some children's and YA titles for grades 3 and up. </li></ul><ul><li>Coverage back to 1997. (Records for some older titles have been added if they are part of a series, are by popular authors, or are classics.) </li></ul><ul><li>Includes cover art, reviews, excerpts, edition and award information, etc. for many titles. </li></ul><ul><li>Updated monthly as titles are reviewed. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Why Use Fiction Connection? <ul><li>Use Fiction Connection to find book suggestions based on books you've read, authors you like, or topics of interest. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify books in a series and determine the order in which they should be read. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Let’s see how it works… <ul><li>DEMO </li></ul>
  10. 10. Sources of additional information <ul><li>Training Materials from the Database Roadshow: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Go to and select “Training” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tutorials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bowker Library Support: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Go to </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Questions? <ul><li>Susan Knisely </li></ul><ul><li>402-471-3849 </li></ul><ul><li>800-307-2665 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  12. 12. Your Feedback is Important to Us! <ul><li>Shortly after today’s session we will email you a link to an online evaluation form. </li></ul><ul><li>Please take a moment to fill out the form and let us know what you think! </li></ul><ul><li>THANKS! </li></ul>