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NLW 14: SAGE Offers Free Full Text Access to 7 Information Science and 83 Education Journals Until the End of This Month | LJ INFOdocket

In honor of National Library Week 2014, SAGE databases are offering free access to their library science and education journals. Many more journal trials are available from SAGE. Some provide access into 2015. You do have to create a personal account and register. Visit the link to InfoDocket to see the full list of titles.

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EBSCO provides complimentary ERIC A&I data during government shutdown

IPSWICH, Mass. — October 3, 2013 — EBSCO Information Services(EBSCO) is making the government database ERIC available during the government shutdown. ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, is typically available through the government website (http://eric.ed.gov/) as well as via EBSCO’s EBSCOhost® research platform. Because of the shutdown the government website is unavailable so EBSCO has decided to temporarily open its version of ERIC and make it available at:http://www.ebsco.com/freeERIC .

Heather Perkinson's insight:

Of course, here in Maine, Ebsco's ERIC resource is always available for free via our state library's collection: MARVEL http://libraries.maine.edu/mainedatabases

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Cengage May Declare Bankruptcy

Cengage May Declare Bankruptcy | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Cengage Learning, the company that owns database company Gale, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy relief this month.   

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Complimentary Access to Three Oxford University Press Online Databases For Next Two Weeks | LJ INFOdocket

Complimentary Access to Three Oxford University Press Online Databases For Next Two Weeks | LJ INFOdocket | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Last week we posted that EBSCO was providing complimentary access to their version of the ERIC database (usually fee-based) for the duration of the federal government shutdown.

Today, Oxford University Press announced that they’re now offering complimentary access to three reference databases for the next two weeks. Will the shutdown be over by that time? Stay tuned.

For those who might have lost access to these resources due to the shutdown now you can continue to use them.

If you usually don’t have access to these tools, here’s a great opportunity to give these resources a good look. 

Heather Perkinson's insight:

Unlike the EBSCO ERIC database, which Mainers can already access for free via MARVEL, these are databases we do not normally have access to. They include Oxford Reference (subject dictionaries, encyclopedias and more: http://www.oxfordreference.com/browse?btog=book&pageSize=100&sort=title), American National Biography Online, and Social Explorer.

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Hoax reveals ‘Wild West’ of open-access science journals | Toronto Star

Hoax reveals ‘Wild West’ of open-access science journals | Toronto Star | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Sting operation submits study, riddled with errors and written by imaginary authors, to 304 journals; 157 accept it for publication.
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Yet another reason we subscription databases are still worth the price of admission...

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Aaron Swartz Died Innocent — Here Is the Evidence

Aaron Swartz Died Innocent — Here Is the Evidence | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Aaron Swartz' suicide last weekend has the technology community in an uproar.  Swartz was only 14 when helped create RSS (the technology that allows you to "follow" this or any other blog) and in his efforts to fight SOPA founded the group "Demand Progress."  His suicide seems to have been prompted by his imminent arrest in a case brought against him by Federal prosecutors and MIT for "stealing" JStor articles.

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For more on Swartz and why he took on JStor:  http://scienceprogress.org/2011/07/swartz-%E2%80%9Csteals%E2%80%9D-for-science/ 

 

Update:  in the NYT 1.13.13, by Noam Cohen:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/14/technology/aaron-swartz-a-data-crusader-and-now-a-cause.html?_r=0

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