Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Sweaty Guy notes

Barbara Fister writes:


...How many ways can the New York Times sell itself to the same student? At my library we get the paper, the microfilm, the LexisNexis version, the Proquest version AND the Student Senate sponsors a newspaper program for a once-a-year student fee … and still students will say, glumly, at the reference desk “I found a great story in the New York Times but they wanted money for it, so . . . can you help me find something else?”...

I say:

Thanks for the reminder. I've been reading the NYTimes headlines for years. The "Times Select" has been an irritation rather than an inspiration to pull out my wallet and buy a subscription. So I've ignored some of those editorials and great headlines, knowing if they were truly valuable, I'd see them again somewhere in discussion.

But I read this blog and then found an article I had to read: Thomas Frank's "The Culture Crusade of Kansas" from August 9, 2006.

So I checked LexisNexis Academic with a simple title search and in less than 30 seconds I had it. Without paying for it again.

This point will be a great training point for my faculty this fall. And staff. And the student population.

Thanks. I hope others will be as grateful as I am.

The end of the Story:

The only good news about this pitch is that most students are too savvy to imagine they could use one newspaper as their only source for papers in history, science, or politics.

And we can rest assured the Sweaty Guy finished his paper, graduated, and got a good job with the Newspaper of Record.

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