World Development Sources Database of Reports, Studies Available Form the World Bank

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The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, known as The World Bank, has announced it is providing access to its World Development Sources (WDS) database, the digital repository for thousands of World Bank reports and studies.

These documents span the globe and represent the collective experience of years of World Bank staff work. Most were produced during the last 4 years. There are three ways to access this collection: on the Web, on CDs through subscription, and as a value-added distributor.

Reports are continuously released on the Internet at http://www.worldbank. org/sources. Researchers can search for reports using a full-text search engine, view the scanned reports using an image viewer, and print pages of the reports. Printed reports can also be ordered through The World Bank's InfoShop.

Reports are published quarterly on CDROM, and can be delivered as part of a subscription service. Bank Reports since 1996 are now available on sets of CDs. These reports can be searched, read, and printed in their entirety directly from the subscriber's workstation.

Reports are also provided to distributors of information related to economics and other aspects of development, termed value-added distributors (VADs) by The World Bank. Documents by topic in the WDS repository can be obtained from The World Bank to be included in such VADs' information products. …