Wilson Adds Essays, Standard & Poor’s Starts Compustat Snapshot, New FictionDB And Picture Book Databases

A few new databases came out lately and Library Blog Buzz needs to briefly mention them for those readers that follow the development of databases on our blog.

Yahoo Finance announced that Standard & Poor's created a new database called Compustat® Snapshot, "the world's first backtest database of financial information on companies outside the United States and Canada." For the first time investors and bankers will be able to do investment historical simulations on international markets and recreate past investment scenarios.

News Breaks ( Information Today) pointed out that H.W. Wilson created "Essay and General Literature Index Retrospective: 1900–1984, a new resource that cites tens of thousands of essays from anthologies and other sources published dating back to 1900." 249 000 essays in US, Canada and Great Britain are searchable by author, title and subject and automatically linked to library's OPACs (showing availability in your electronic catalog).

H.W. Wilson[/URL] also started "Short Story Index Retrospective: 1915-1983" ( bibliographic entries on more than 150,000 short stories) and the "Nonbook Materials Core Collection" ( highlighting approximately 3,000 multimedia resources for school and public libraries).

Gary Price from Resourceshelf mentioned an interesting database, that I never heard of " Miami University’s Children’s Picture Book Database", which has abstracts of over 5000 children's picture books.

And last but not least, Librarian in Black posted about a great database, that we can use for reader's advisory – FictionDB,"with over 50,000 book lists and 200,000 titles."

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