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H.W. Wilson Announces Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus

Posted Aug 10, 2006
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H.W. Wilson has announced that a new database, Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus, will be available on WilsonWeb next month. Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus presents full-text articles from key publications on social, scientific, health, political, and global issues, chosen to make up a well-rounded overview. The database features current articles with periodic updates, plus the option for users to launch preset searches on WilsonWeb or on the Internet.

Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus will serve as an information hub for students, educators, debate clubs, journalists and others, and will help researchers manage the "information overload" on hot topics with a thoughtful, timely selection of articles, according to the announcement. The database is organized by topic, and a visual display guides users to their subjects of interest.

Issues covered are selected to suit the needs of school and university researchers, reflecting modern concerns and controversies. Users are presented with 30+ articles per topic from respected magazines and journals, hand-picked by Wilson editors to provide balanced and thorough research. Feature articles, editorials, scholarly papers and more are included, to convey all relevant facts and perspectives. Authoritative Web sites are highlighted, including links to primary sources (e.g. the text of the Kyoto Accord in coverage of Global Climate Change).

Coverage stays current for each topic, with WilsonWeb links to articles from thousands of periodicals on other WilsonWeb databases. In addition, page images deliver important information in the charts, graphs, illustrations and other graphics that accompany the full-text articles. The database also links to relevant biographies from the Wilson biographical reference Current Biography.

Primary topics are divided into subtopics, each presenting a selection of articles that, taken together, offer an authoritative overview. Balanced discussion is ensured by the wide range of international perspectives represented, the announcement states.

Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus will cover some 80 topics by year-end: global climate change, torture, physical fitness trends, doping in sports, ethics in business, globalization, HIV/AIDS, homeland security, immigration and emigration, international disaster relief, the Internet, the paranormal, space exploration, U.S. and the Middle East, youth gangs, and many more. It will grow by 20 topics each year thereafter. The database will also cover the topic of the National High School Policy Debate each year.

Free 30-day trials will be available to reviewers and librarians in September 2006. For more information on Current Issues: Reference Shelf Plus, visit

Source: H.W. Wilson,

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