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R.R. Bowker's Global Books in Print Provides Expanded Subject Access

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R.R. Bowker's Global Books in Print Provides Expanded Subject Access

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R.R. Bowker has announced that its Global Books In Print products (Global Books In Print On Disc and Global Books In Print On Tape) will now provide subject access to over 3 million bibliographic records from R.R. Bowker, J. Whitaker & Sons, Thorpe, and K.G. Saur, which includes U.S., U.K., Australian, New Zealand, South African, and Canadian titles, as well as all titles published internationally in English.

According to the company, in an unprecedented enhancement, unified searching across all these databases will be facilitated by means of the newly developed mapping software that cross-references the book subject categorization system of the U.K. (BIC) to the subject categorization system of the U.S. (BISAC). Global Books In Print is the only product that offers this enrichment.

"Until now, there has been no way to cross-reference subjects," said Charles Halpin, senior vice president of R.R. Bowker. "Librarians, booksellers, and researchers in the English-speaking world have been waiting for a unified system that allows users to locate books published in English using one system. With our new Global Books In Print products, users get this important functionality."

The chief benefit of the new mapping software is that subject searches using Global Books In Print will now return a larger quantity of relevant titles. For example, searchers familiar with BIC categories previously had to search both for "complementary medicine" (the BIC category) and "alternative medicine" (the BISAC category) to return both U. …

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