Thursday, March 03, 2011

So much information, so little time.

There are so many resources available through local public libraries these days. From the web site of my own local library I have access to a complete online "library" of useful and valuable material. There's Morningstar, the searchable New York Times, and full text of thousands of magazine and newspaper articles. The Heritage Quest database has Census records up to the 1920 census--no more wandering around looking for the exact reel of microfilm you need. And I also really like the Novelist site for those "What book should I read now?" kinds of questions. And the thing is, that without a library card you can't get to any of that content. But with a card, it's all free and accessible from home. It's like something out of science fiction.

What do I wish more people knew about?

What would I keep before everything else?
That's a really hard question, but the thing that seems most useful and hardest to duplicate in print are the full-text magazine and journal databases like Ebsco Academic Search premier. In addition to academic journal content, it also includes full text from things like "Smithsonian" and "People Magazine."


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