Best Databases 2013 – Looking for Titles

Fall is in the air, in New York at least, and here at LJ that means we’re gearing up for our reference bonanza: the annual reference supplement. Our popular “Best Databases” feature will appear in the supplement, and we’d love to hear from you with your nominations. Which database knocked your socks off this year?

We’re looking for titles in categories such as the ones listed below—or make up your own category. We’d also like a short explanation of what makes the resource “most-improved,” “best buy,” “most ambitious,” etc. A bulleted list of reasons is fine. We’ll be using your reasons as direct quotations within the article, which will appear in print in the November 1, 2013 reference supplement and then online. Nominations will close on September 9, 2013. However, please let me know if you are not comfortable with being quoted directly.

Suggested Database Categories:

Greatest Content Upgrade
Greatest Usability Revamp
Most Ambitious (in scope or content)
Most Improved (overall)
Best Integration of Media
Most Unlikely Hit (with users)
Most Elegant (aesthetics and functionality)
Best Buy
Best Integration of External/Outside Content
Best Original Content
Your Patrons’ Favorite Database(s)

Henrietta Verma About Henrietta Verma

Henrietta Verma (, @ettaverma) is reviews editor at Library Journal, edits LJ's reference review column, and covers ereference and digital databases for the magazine. Before joining LJ's staff, Etta was reference editor at SLJ for five years and edited that magazine's Series Made Simple supplement. Etta, who is from Ireland, has also been a reference librarian and a library director and is the mom of two avid readers.


  1. Paula Jones says:

    Henrietta: I recently “self-published” two children’s books that are “inspiring” “educational” and “entertaining” about serious issues with our youth today. “Dalton’s Dream” and “Clark the Shark” about “bullying”. They are both beautifully illustrated. Please view my website: http://www.PaulaJonesAuthor for summary. How do I get them reviewed?
    I look forward to your comments.

    Paula Jones, Children’s Author
    August 22, 2013

  2. Henrietta Verma Henrietta Thornton-Verma says:

    Hi Paula,

    Children’s books are reviewed by our sister publication, School Library Journal. I’ll email you their contact information.