Reference Shelf Plus Preview

Preview by CCL-EAR Committee

Reference Shelf Plus, a product offered by HW Wilson. Reference Shelf Plus (RSP) provides access to full-text articles selected for their relevance to a given topic. Modeled after the long established print series The Reference Shelf, RSP is a hot topics database that aims to provide a broad sampling of views on individual topics. While it does not have pro/con section or layout, each theme includes articles from multiple sources that theoretically represent differing viewpoints. According to the vendor, RSP currently contains more than 145 issues organized into 875 topics.

It does not appear possible to browse the collection by date and/or by issue, which diminishes its searchability. It is not clear where the images within the database originate from. If a user wanted to reproduce these images, it would be difficult for them to attribute the source.

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