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H.W. Wilson’s Book Review Digest Turns 100

Posted Nov 3, 2005
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Book Review Digest now joins the company of reference icon Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature, as an H.W. Wilson product in service to library users for more than 100 years.

Introduced in 1905, Book Review Digest is now available in both the familiar print form and on WilsonWeb online, as Book Review Digest Plus <> and Book Review Digest Retrospective: 1905-1982 <>.

On WilsonWeb, Book Review Digest Plus brings users entries for more than 1.3 million reviews, covering more than 550,000 books. WilsonWeb's Book Review Digest Retrospective: 1905-1982 is a record of historical, sociological, and literary information offering insight into how society first responded to groundbreaking works of fiction and nonfiction, early works by seminal authors, political treatises, and other important literature, according to the H.W. Wilson announcement. The database covers 300,000 books, citing some 1.5 million book reviews. Master records for each book include the title's essentials—author, descriptive summary, publisher, publication year, page count, ISBN, indicator of illustrations, and more—plus links to review excerpts and review citations.

Book Review Digest was the third original reference produced by H.W. Wilson. The first was Cumulative Book Index, which ran from 1898 (the year the H.W. Wilson Company was founded) through 1999. The second, Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature, began in 1901, and continues today online and in print, in several incarnations.

Free 30-day trials of Book Review Digest Plus and Book Review Digest Retrospective are available. For more information, visit

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