Whether you need a bibliographic database for collection development or are looking for an easy-to-use tool for identifying available titles, Book Index with Reviews is the right choice. Perfect for developing booklists and subject guides, BIR includes over five million book titles, with more being added constantly. BIR is indispensable for addressing daily challenges such as finding replacement copies and full-text reviews. The My BIR alert service puts users ahead of the game on new editions, forthcoming titles from popular authors or new releases on hot topics.
Entertainment component included covering music and DVD/video titles
BIR also includes the BIR Entertainment component. This database provides information on about 450,000 music titles and over 200,000 DVD/video titles with more being added regularly. With BIR Entertainment, users can find music or videos featuring a favorite artist or performer, or specific genre.
Simple and intuitive search options
Searching BIR is simple and intuitive. At the Basic Search, users can enter a title, author, or key word. At the search results, users can further narrow their searches in a variety of ways such as by subject headings (in the Narrow Results by option on the left side of the page) or by publication date, in-print status, fiction/nonfiction and more. Advanced Book Search provides many additional useful options, such as limiting by page count, grade level, or edition type.
Search results are presented clearly, allowing users to know at a glance the print status of the title, whether it is fiction or nonfiction, if a review is available, and page count, including a brief annotation and book jacket. With a direct link to your library's catalog, it takes just one click to find out if the title is available. Full-text reviews and tables of content are among the rich content that can be found at the title record.
Collection development features for staff
BIR is loaded with features for staff too. Those doing collection development will appreciate having the price listed on the results page, and Baker & Taylor customers can link directly to Title Source 3 for easy ordering. Staff will especially appreciate the ability to search by Dewey range, particularly helpful for assisting readers of nonfiction and those doing research. A persistent link is displayed at each results list as well as at the title record, and multiple print and e-mail delivery options make BIR a terrific tool for remote reference activities.
It is simple to set searching and viewing preferences using My BIR, and patrons and staff will want to take advantage of options for saving searches, lists and alerts. Libraries can customize BIR by adding direct links to their EBSCOhost databases, expanding discovery possibilities across the full range of the collection.
Advanced Search, with its elegantly laid-out tool set for crafting very precise search strategies, gives the user great control over the whole search process.– Library Journal