Sunday, February 04, 2007

Note to ProQuest: You missed one

We now have access to Proquest Historical Newspapers (well, the NY Times), and I am deeply thankful. I've spent some time just running searches to see what a thing of beauty it is.

However, it doesn't have everything. I had used the old paper versions of the Reader's Guide and Book Review Digest to locate a review of a book by Obscure Author a few months back and, having found one in the New York Times, looked it up on microfilm. It's not available in the Historical Newspapers collection, though.

The Historical Newspapers project is a real godsend, and I'm grateful for it. The work is done in India, to ensure accuracy (as I read in Business Week* at the gym this morning), and it's clearly a huge undertaking. I guess my point is really a plea to librarians: electronic resources aren't perfect, so please keep paper resources whenever possible so that we can cross-check them with the electronic ones.

*Our gym has the dullest magazines on the planet--this was the most interesting one I could find, which tells you something.

3 comments:

Blogger for peace said...

I just read that you can get free access to Wall Street Journal and other subscription sites with a Netpass from: http://news.congoo.com

I thought this was a good tip. You have to pay on proquest

Professor Zero said...

Excellent tips. Gott sei Dank, as we used to say in our family.

Our library believes e-access is God.
I say, it is better than nothing, but
studies show, paper lasts longer.

undine said...

Blogger for peace, I haven't been able to access that site yet but thanks for the tip; I'll give it a try. You're right, Professor Zero: e-versions are better than nothing, but paper lasts longer. And since my computer meltdown in December, I've discovered that some papers are gone forever from even the backup hard drive but that the versions in file folder are still (mercifully!) there.