Wednesday, December 31, 2003 | Coffee-houses

Via Southern Appeal we are directed to the Economist and their story on Coffee-houses: The internet in a cup.

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

The Writer Magazine

The Writer Magazine has a good list of links to ca. 450 literary magazines.

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Science Direct

Blog 702 led me to Science Direct, which calls itself "The Digital Library of the Future"
and states on its home page: "Welcome to the world's best resource for research journals, abstract databases and reference works." See Blog 702 for more info.

the blawg review

The motto of the blawg review is: "the blawg review reviewing the law reviews".

Check this blog for law review headlines, new law journals etc.

Library Journal Acquisitions - Rising Costs

Library Journal Acquisitions - Rising Costs

As noted at the Information Today article by by Paula J. Hane at Cornell and Other University Libraries to Cancel Elsevier Titles, the increasing cost of professional journals is leading universities to reconsider their library spending policies.

More about this issue can also be read about at the following sites:

Harrassowitz Reports
"Issues in Scholarly Communication" - Cornell University
Association of Research Libraries
Journals Cost Update - Yale University Science Libraries
Crisis in Scholarly Communication - Iowa State University
Outlook Online - Ohio University
VCU - Virginia Commonwealth University
University of Texas - at Austin, General Libraries
Data and Statistics - Boston College
Issues in Scholarly Publishing - Stanford University School of Medicine
Crisis in Scholarly Communication - Ohio State University

The cost problems discussed at those links are leading to new unique solutions, e.g.:

DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals
Budapest Open Access Initiative
SPARC - The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Tax & Business Law Commentary

A reference to The Public Library of Science is found at Tax & Business Law Commentary, a blog by Stuart Levine.

As related at the Public Library of Science site:
"The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a non-profit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource."

As Levine writes:
"This organization will publish on-line journals containing referred papers concerning various aspects of scientific research. Access to the journals will be free and open to the public. It is hoped that the effort will spawn a host of competing publications that will replace the subscription based system currently in place for the publication of scientific papers. The costs of those subscriptions significantly limits the access of researchers, particularly in poorer countries, to research material."

Sunday, October 26, 2003

Journals Newspapers and Periodicals

In spite of the fact that we now have online search engines such as Google or AllTheWeb to direct us to sources, we still spend a lot of time reading journals, newspapers and periodicals of every kind and description. JournalPundit is devoted to the world of periodicals online or offline.

We can find various resources on the internet

Far from home on business or pleasure and want to read your home newspaper?
A fabulous searchable database of about 10000 newspapers is found at Just select the geographic region of your interest and you are on your way to newspapers around the world. The comprehensiveness of this site is first-class.

A good place to start looking for leading popular magaziines and periodicals is the Reference Desk, which has many links to magazines.

The Internet Public Library of the School of Information at the University of Michigan has many links to periodicals of all kinds, but be sure to scroll down every page to the bottom or you may miss the list of resources for the link that you clicked - they always put links to sub-headings at the top and the actually found resources at the bottom, and you often do not see these unless you scroll the page.

For scientific and research periodicals, Science Direct describes itself as "the world's best resource for research journals, abstract databases and reference works".

Stanford University's HighWire is the web's largest database.
It covers Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Medical Sciences and Social Sciences and specializes on articles from science and medical journals. You have to register to use this service - not all of it is free - and when you enter an inquiry, again, scroll down the page to see your results, where you see a photo of the journal, the conditions for use (e.g. "free" or "purchase access"), the name of the author(s) and title of the article. Abstracts of purchasable articles can often be viewed for free.

Entrez-PubMed is described as follows:
"PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine, includes over 14 million citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950's. These citations are from MEDLINE and additional life science journals. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources."

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