Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL)

Paratext Electronic Reference Publishing

Formerly Poole's Paratext
Updated 2 September, 2009

[Reference Universe]  [19th Century Masterfile] [Public Documents Masterfile]

NEWS:  As of June 1, 2007, Paratext will be working directly with CAUL and with all Australian libraries, rather than in tandem with Gary Gibson of Gibson Library Connections.  Eric M. Calaluca []
NEWS 15 December 2007:  Paratext is pleased to announce the availability of our new usage statistics module for libraries using Paratext's 19th Century Masterfile. This new system is online now, and is all included in your library's annual fee for access to 19th Century Masterfile.
** Both LOG and COUNTER format are available, as well as graph-based data.
** The system is available 24/7.
** No password is required. The system recognizes your library IP range.
** Date range selectivity is available.
Access is available to your library statistics now at

Reference Universe Library Subscription Agreement (28/7/06)
Reference Universe Rights in Perpetuity Agreement (28/7/06)
License agreement 2005 (6/9/05)
"Our license covers any users your institutions authenticates, as long as they are coming through your servers, the IPs of which are in our system.  We just include the IP range you approve, then we leave it to your institution to determine who has access. Naturally, remote users, if coming through your servers, are very much able to us Reference Universe."  Eric Calaluca (6/9/05)

CAUL Pricing.
2010 CAUL Pricing (2/9/09)
Offer to CAUL for 2009 (6/5/08)
Pricing for CAUL for 2009 (6/5/08, updated 23/7/08)
Pricing for CAUL for 2008 (1/8/07)
Pricing for CAUL for 2007 (26/7/06)

Information about Reference Universe, Public Documents Masterfile and 19th Century Masterfile (2/9/09)
Brochure for Reference Universe and 19th Century Masterfile (6/5/08)

From Advisor Reviews / The Charleston Advisor /April 2005, pp. 52-54 by Ellie Dworak.
Product Description
Reference Universe, published by Paratext, is an index to over 5,100 reference books from over 260 publishers, with approximately 150 titles added per month. The focus is on subject encyclopedias, although bibliographies, dictionaries, and other types of reference material are included. The subject matter is very broad, ranging from Africa to zoology. Publishers include major names such as ABC-Clio, John Wiley and Sons, Oxford University Press, etc. The product indexes both the article titles and the reference book indexes. The titles go back in time to 1908. At the time of this review 588 of the titles were published in 2003 or 2004. The database can be searched or browsed, though browsing yields only a record for the title, and not a list of contents. This is a tool of interest to both academic and public librarians, as it opens the reference collection up to greater use.

Reference Universe
Titles list (22/6/05)
To see the complete list of the more than 10,000 titles now represented in Reference Universe, please visit (3/10/07)

19th Century Masterfile (NCM)

Series I: Periodicals
Series II: Books
Series III: NYTimes, Palmer's and Newspaper Indices
Series IV: Harpers Magazine and Individual Title Indices
Series V: Hansards, Patents and Government Document Indices
See Full Details
19th Century Masterfile Library Subscription Agreement (28/7/06)
19th Century Masterfile Rights in Perpetuity Agreement (28/7/06)

Current subscribers
Pricing for CAUL for 2008 (1/8/07)
Pricing for 2007 (26/7/06) Available for subscription or purchase.  Pricing based on FTE.
Pricing ** (based on Carnegie Classification of Higher Education Institutions, no changes for 2004 or 2005 or 2006)
** A subscription to all Series receives at 10% discount.

From Paratext Inc.  12 April 2000:
I wanted to give you some advance notice that subscription rates for some of the Series within Poole's Plus are schedule for an increase on July 1, 2000.  This increase accounts for the extraordinary new resources that have been and will be loaded into Poole's Plus during the coming months.

If you believe there are a group of Australian libraries that would wish to subscribe, it would be very good to get these established before the end of this quarter. I have attached a spreadsheet indicating how price changes would effect a "research I" type school.  Obviously, not all of your members would fall into that category, so their prices will be somewhat lower.

re; new data added to Poole's Plus, on  March 30, 2000 we loaded:

Index to the New York Daily Tribune (1875-1906) (780,000 citations)(in Series III: Newspapers Indices)
Stead's Index to Periodicals (1890-1902)    (235,000 citations) (in Series I: Periodical Indices

and by July 1, 2000 we expect to load:

Index to Harper's Magazine, 1850-1892 (in Series IV:Individual Title Indices)
Index to the New York Times, 1851-1905. (in Series III: Newspaper Indices)
Descriptive catalogue of the government publications of the U. S. (1774-1881) (in Series V: Government Document Indices)

Public Documents Masterfile
Pricing for CAUL for 2008 (1/8/07)
Pricing for 2007 (28/7/06) Available for subscription or purchase.  Pricing based on FTE.
Public Documents Masterfile Library Subscription Agreement (28/7/06)
Public Documents Masterfile Rights in Perpetuity Agreement (28/7/06)

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