Financial Ratings Series Online.
2015. Grey House [ financialratingsseries.com].
Financial Ratings Series Online combines the
strength of Weiss Ratings and TheStreet Ratings
to provide a single source for financial-strength
ratings and financial-planning tools covering
insurance, banks, mutual funds, and stocks.
This large site can help users find the best bank
or credit union in their area, avoid the weakest
insurance companies, and learn about investments. Category tabs at the top of the home
page—“Banks,” “Credit Unions,” “Insurance
Companies,” “Medigap Plans,” “Common
Stocks,” and “Mutual Funds”—lead to each
category’s search screen, with different sets of
limiters. Users will find the screens easy to use
The newest module (added fall 2015) is
the “Medigap Buyer’s Guide & Premium
Calculator.” This section allows patrons to
create a customized guide, based on age, gen-
der, and zip code. This detailed guide—our
test document was 99 pages—presents in a
downloadable PDF and helps users decide
how to best fill gaps in coverage, offers in-
formation on various policies and prices, and
compares plans from different insurers. The
information is easy to read and understand.
Our 2011 review noted that Financial Rat-
ings Series Online succeeds in its efforts to
provide one-stop shopping in a user-friendly
online format. The addition of the “Medigap
Buyer’s Guide & Premium Calculator” will
be a welcome subscription option for libraries
serving a senior population, and this remains
a recommended resource for both public and
academic libraries. —Rebecca Vnuk
Newspapers.com Library Edition.
2015. ProQuest [ proquest.com/products-services/Newspa-perscom-Library-Edition.html].
Despite the notion that one can Google
just about any news story, the fact remains
that using a regular search engine to find
historical newspaper articles is tedious at
best (sifting through innumerable links),
frustrating at worst (pay walls and limited
archives). As an offshoot of Ancestry.com,
Newspapers.com has offered individual subscriptions to the public, and now ProQuest
offers the Newspapers.com Library Edition database, which includes full-text pages from
more than 3,500 newspapers and more than
100 million digitized pages, dating from the
early 1700s to the early 2000s. Subscription
models offer the option of the full “World
Collection” (currently covering the U.S.,
Canada, the UK, Australia, and Panama)
as well as options to subscribe to individual
U.S. states or regional collections.
The overall interface is basic, uncluttered,
and easy to navigate. Tabs at the top lead
to “Search,” “Browse,” “Papers,” and “Clip-
pings” (a browsable section featuring items
recently saved by other users). A large search
box is at the middle of the page. As expected,
users can search by source title, article title,
date, and keyword. But they can also per-
form a localized search without knowing the
name of the newspaper. Under the “Browse”
tab, users can drill down by state, to cities,
to available newspapers. In addition, un-
der the “Papers” tab, users can see available
newspapers grouped by location on a map.
Date searches can be modified by using a
slider across a time line as well as the tradi-
tional method of typing in dates. The digital
images that result can be “clipped” (saved),
downloaded, printed, and shared via social
media with embedded links to Facebook,
Pinterest, Google+, and Twitter. There is also
an option to save to Ancestry.com. This da-
tabase will be quite useful to libraries where
there is an interest in genealogy or where pa-
trons do a fair amount of historical research.
SAGE Business Researcher.
July 2015. Sage [ businessresearcher.sagepub.com].
This resource, modeled after CQ Researcher
and aimed at students in undergraduate and
graduate business programs, offers biweekly
in-depth reports on issues in current business research as well as data, articles, and
resources on a variety of topics in business