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The World Bank eLibrary is a valued-added, subscription-based website offering full access to over 20,000 World Bank books, reports, journal articles, chapters, working papers and data series from the World Development Indicators that were published since the 1990s. It offers a variety of tools and added functionality including advanced search and browse options, chapter-level access to the latest releases, citation tools, content alerts, MARC records for cataloging and mobile friendly access. The World Bank's goal is to offer a cutting-edge platform and it continues to invest in new features in order to enhance the user's experience.

"Recent Enhancements"
"New Features Coming in 2020"
World Bank eLibrary
Features and benefits of the new eLibrary website include:
  • a powerful search engine offering robust full text and metadata-based searches as well as post-search filtering;
  • Downloadable data from the World Development Indicators on countries and regions within the same user-friendly platform;
  • the ability to browse content by region, country, topic and view "Most Popular";
  • recently published books searchable at the chapter level;
  • contextual information on regions and topics plus direct links to relevant World Bank resources;
  • individual accounts for bookmarking favorites, saving search results and content alerts;
  • exporting to commonly-used citation software including ProCite, Bib Text and EndNote;
  • Linked references and Cited by;
  • Customized content alerts via e-mail or RSS to stay on top of the latest research added to eLibrary;
  • Saving searches and favourite content in personal accounts for quick access and retrieval at a later date.
World Bank eLibrary vs OKR
The World Bank eLibrary offers a number of features not included in the OKR version that is available through the Organization's website including:
  • immediate access to published journal articles instead of waiting until the 18-month embargo period has lapsed;
  • full text search and advanced search results;
  • full-text printing, downloading and sharing;
  • Downloadable MARC records and metadata updated on a monthly basis;
  • Counter compliant usage statistics and self generated reports directly from the eLibrary platform;
  • DOIs and Open URLs;
  • published content dating back to 1990 as opposed to 2005 in the OKR.
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Renouf Offers Consortia Discount Pricing and Provides Free-Trial Access Periods
Renouf provides consortia discount pricing and is currently offering "New" subscribers 15% off of the regular price. We are looking to add four new subscribers in the coming months, which will allow us to pass along a 20% discount to all of our members. World Bank eLibrary subscriptions are only available to institutions and pricing is based on FTE or expected usage.

Those of you who are not familiar with the eLibrary, we invite you to contact our Serials Department and we would be pleased to set you up with a free 30-day free trial access period.
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World Development Report 2021
Data for Better Lives

World Development Report 2021: Data for Better Lives explores the tremendous potential of the changing data landscape to improve the lives of poor people, while also acknowledging its potential to open back doors that can harm individuals, businesses, and societies. To address this tension between the helpful and harmful potential of data, this Report calls for a new social contract that enables the use and reuse of data to create economic and social value, ensures equitable access to that value, and fosters trust that data will not be misused in harmful ways. more ...

Global Waves of Debt
Causes and Consequences

The global economy has experienced four waves of rapid debt accumulation over the past 50 years. The first three debt waves ended with financial crises in many emerging market and developing economies. During the current wave, which started in 2010, the increase in debt in these economies has already been larger, faster, and broader-based than in the previous three waves. more ...

The State of Economic Inclusion Report 2021
The Potential to Scale

The State of Economic Inclusion Report 2021 sheds light on one of the most intractable challenges faced by development policy makers and practitioners: transforming the economic lives of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people. Economic inclusion programs are a bundle of coordinated, multidimensional interventions that support individuals, households, and communities so they can raise their incomes and build their assets. Programs targeting the extreme poor and vulnerable groups are now under way in 75 countries. more ...

A Decade After the Global Recession
Lessons and Challenges for Emerging and Developing Economies

This study provides the first comprehensive stocktaking of the past decade from the perspective of emerging market and developing economies. Many of these economies have now become more vulnerable to economic shocks. The study discusses lessons from the global recession and policy options for these economies to strengthen growth and prepare for the possibility of another global downturn. more ...

The Human Capital Index 2020 Update
Human Capital in the Time of COVID-19

The Human Capital Index 2020 Update: Human Capital in the Time of COVID-19 presents the first update of the HCI, using health and education data available as of March 2020. It documents new evidence on trends, examples of successes, and analytical work on the utilization of human capital. The new data - collected before the global onset of COVID-19 - can act as a baseline to track its effects on health and education outcomes. more ...

Global Productivity
Trends, Drivers, and Policies

Global Productivity: Trends, Drivers, and Policies presents the first comprehensive analysis of the evolution and drivers of productivity growth, examines the effects of COVID-19 on productivity, and discusses a wide-range of policies needed to rekindle productivity growth. The book also provides a far-reaching dataset of multiple measures of productivity for up to 164 advanced economies and emerging market and developing economies and introduces a new sectoral database of productivity. more ...

The Distributional impacts of Trade
Empirical Innovations, Analytical Tools, and Policy Responses

The Distributional Impacts of Trade: Empirical Innovations, Analytical Tools, and Policy Responses provides a deeper understanding of the distributional effects of trade across regions, industries, and demographic groups within countries over time. It includes an overview; a review of innovations in empirical and theoretical work covering the impacts of trade at the subnational level; highlights from empirical case studies on Bangladesh, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, and Sri Lanka; and a policy agenda to improve distributional outcomes from trade. more ...

An Investment Perspective on Global Value Chains

This book examines the role of foreign direct investment (FDI) in global value chains (GVCs). To stimulate economic transformation through GVCs, policy makers in developing countries need to better understand the business strategies of multinational corporations (MNCs), internationalization pathways for domestic firms, and how policies can create a favorable environment for both types of firms. more ...