The new SB&F Online launched in August, but one major component of the site was missing at launch: the SB&F searchable database of reviews. The staff of SB&F decided to launch with out the availability of the searchable database because we were still working out some kinks. Now, four months later, kinks gone, our searchable database is up and running and available to our users. This is really exciting to me! As the editor of SB&F I use the SB&F database everyday. I use it to search for books to create bibliographies, to find books to compliment online lessons for Science Netlinks, to locate reviews of classic books, to create reading lists for other programs here at AAAS, to reread some of my favorite reviews, and even to find gift ideas for my friends and family. But up until now the database has only been available to staff members of SB&F. I am delighted to be able to share this wonderful resource with our SB&F subscribers and registered users of SB&F Online.
The database contains over 12,000 book reviews and over 2,500 film reviews, dating back to 1990. Users can search the database by a wide range of criteria such as author, title, subject area, SB&F rating, age level, and more. SB&F subscribers have access to full text reviews, while registered users see only the citation. You can print both your search results and individual reviews. New reviews are added to the database each week, with over 50 new reviews added per month. To access the SB&F database click on Advanced SB&F Search (near the SB&F logo) on any page of SB&F Online.
Also, for subscribers, the December issue of SB&F is now available. Please visit the Current Issue section to view and download the issue. The issue contains all of the latest reviews from SB&F, plus a feature on the best popular science books of 2009.
15 Dec 2009 10:34 AM