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bird, a new resource from Paratext, provides a comprehensive guide to 7,500+ commercial and Open Access research databases from 2,000+ information suppliers.

bird reveals the spectrum of scholarly research applications, for advanced researchers and collection specialists alike.

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With 7,500+ resources identified thus far, bird gives researchers the widest field of view. bird looks everywhere, and allows you to uncover materials that transcend those predictable research paths.

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bird matches to your holdings. Compare with peer libraries and identify gaps—or redundancies—in your own collection. Save researchers and specialists countless hours and fruitless searches.

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bird data is designed for both broad exploration and granular detail. Data includes disciplinary focus, format (Open Access of fee-based), similar resources, along with original narratives about its research value.

bird: Base Inventory of Research Databases is published by Paratext, in partnership with Compendium Library Services.

Our team of research librarians explore all corners of the web to explicate what databases exist--to increase awareness, refine acquisition budgets and save time.

bird will expand dramatically over time, as new features, reporting metrics and new titles are deployed regularly.