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 is Senior Editorial Communications Specialist at NISO, the National Information Standards Organization, Baltimore, and was formerly the reviews editor at Library Journal.


  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.