Tuesday, September 25, 2007


“Times to Stop Charging for Parts of Its Web Site”
Published: September 18, 2007


This is significant and valuable policy change, particularly because it includes free access to NYT archives from 1851 to 1922, and from 1987 to the present. The material covering 1923 to 1986 is a mix of free and fee-based.

Lori Northrup, head of the reference department, offers this suggestion:

Try a search in the archives from 1851 to 1980 on the Times' homepage: http://www.nytimes.com

Materials concerning Alabama from 1851, for instance, are available in .pdf format.

Some NYT materials will still require the use of microfilm, but this free online access will certainly be a time-saver for many of us.

Naomi Gold and Lori Northrup
replies to ngold@samford.edu

Sunday, September 23, 2007


We invite you to learn more about a new resource titled OncologySTAT (http://www.oncologystat.com). OncologySTAT is a product of Elsevier Health Sciences, and integrates multiple evidence-based sources focusing on cancer care and prevention, including the following:
  • peer-reviewed research
  • news,
  • regulatory updates,
  • drug monograph and interactions database
  • chemotherapy regimens
  • conference coverage
OncologySTAT stands out among electronic resources offering a wide breadth of peer-reviewed research because it is an open access source and charges no fee for use. It receives its funding through online advertising, sponsorship, and educational grants.

The site's content remains, nevertheless, independent of all sponsorship. The publishers emphasize that this commercial sponsorship coexists with "...the highest level of academic rigor, objectivity, and fair balance associated with all Elsevier products." (See http://www.oncologystat.com/about/oncologystat/index.html.)

OncologySTAT represents a significant development in academic publishing because it makes freely available to both academic and non-academic users material of the highest quality. We encourage members of the Samford community to explore this source and share your percpetions and impressions with us.

Cathy Chauvette, Naomi Gold, Harold Goss, Lori Northrup, and Carla Waddell
Reference Department
Replies to ngold@samford.edu

Thursday, September 6, 2007


In September 2002, President George W. Bush declared September 11th “Patriot Day” to remember those who died in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. In honor of Patriot Day, the Government Documents staff has assembled a display of government documents related to September 11th. The display will be up from September 7-14 on the 2nd floor of the library in the Government Documents department. Hope to see you there!”

Thanks to Cathy Chauvette in Government Documents for submitting this posting.