What’s the Best Database of 2014?

ARTstor and JSTOR. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Credo Reference. What do all these resources have in common? They’ve been named Best Database by LJ readers over the past three years. It’s time to pick the 2014 winner, and we want to hear from you!

The winner will top the list of our popular “Best Databases” feature, which will appear in the November 1 reference supplement. I’d love to hear from you with your nominations. Which resource made research exciting 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 and then online. Nominations will close on September 12, 2014. 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 (hverma@mediasourceinc.com, @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.