The New York Times website goes behind a pay wall

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On March 28th, the New York Times implemented a new subscription plan for consumers of its online newspaper. Readers who enjoy visiting the Times’ website will now have limits imposed on their free access to content of the site. Visitors will be able to read 20 free articles from the Times’ website per month, but on the 21st attempt, they will directed to a page asking the user to subscribe to one of three digital subscription options for the website, mobile app or tablet app. Subscriptions start at $15 for four-week access to content on the New York Times website.

Students, faculty and staff still have full access to the New York Times current content through several Milne Library databases:
• From 1980-present in:   Lexis Nexis Academic and ProQuest National Newspapers
• From 1985-present in:   Academic OneFile, Opposing Viewpoints in Context, Gale General One File, InfoTrac Newsstand, and Newspaper Source Plus
• From 6 months ago-present we have a print newspaper subscription; today’s copy resides in Books’n’Bytes café

For those students and faculty who use the New York Times Article Archive, the articles previously available from pre-1923 and post-1986 on the New York Times website will be subject to the 20 article per month limit.  Milne Library owns the microfilm of the entire run of the New York Times back to 1857 for those interested in articles pre-1923.

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At this time, there is no site license available for an institution-wide subscription to the digital content of the New York Times website, but the publisher indicated they are working on a licensing model for institutions such as colleges and libraries, to be introduced in the near future.

Readers who use search engines such as Google or Yahoo and are directed to content on the New York Times website will be limited to reading 5 free articles per day, but if you are in Facebook, on Twitter or visiting other social media sites such as blogs, you will be able to view and read articles for free. These will not count toward the monthly limit.

For more information, visit the New York Times’ blog, “The Learning Network” and read their post about the new digital subscription plans: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/17/a-note-to-our-readers-about-digital-subscriptions/.

CSA databases are moving to the ProQuest interface, including PsycINFO, Sociological Abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts and more

Users who have become familiar with the CSA interface for the following databases will expect some changes over the next month or so:

  • ASSIA (Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts)
  • ERIC
  • PAIS
  • PILOTS
  • Physical Education Index
  • PsycARTICLES
  • PsycINFO
  • Social Services Abstracts
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts

CSA purchased the ProQuest family of databases in 2007 and is finally moving all their interfaces to the new ProQuest platform so all databases  have similar layouts, help menus and navigation.  At the end of March 2011, CSA will be discontinuing the search interface through its CSA Illumina website and only using the ProQuest platform.  We want to inform you of the upcoming changes with enough time to  give all users experience testing the search capabilities of this new platform.  All “old interface” links to the listed databases will be available through the end of March.   If students or faculty encounter problems with the new search interface, please inform library staff immediately and we will troubleshoot any problems.

The new interface for PsycInfo and other databases listed above

For more information about the new search interface, go to the ProQuest website.

Or, please contact Kate Pitcher, Head of Technical Services and Collection Development at pitcher@geneseo.edu or by phone at 245-5064 for further details.

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