HighBeam Research Launches New Tool For Blogging Community

Those of you who blog might be interested in a new tool that HighBeam research released today.

The HighBeam Research Blog Enhancer allows any blogger to quickly and easily add citations or provide access to the full text of articles from the HighBeam database to their blog. HighBeam currently provides full text material from more that 3000 sources

The ability to link to citations or offer the full text of articles is determined by your membership status with HighBeam. A basic membership (free) allows the blogger to post citations to articles along with notes about the article the blogger might have. Someone reading your blog will need to have a paid HighBeam membership to read the full text.

A fee-based HighBeam “full” membership ($9.95/month) allows the blogger to provide full text access to articles found in the HighBeam database. More info about the new service here.

Those of you doing “personal” research (and not wanting to share content on the web) might recall (mentioned on the blog in the past) that many public libraries and most university libraries, offer free web-based remote access (no need to visit the library, available 24x7x365) to full text databases with magazine articles and reference info. All you need is a library card for the library. Heck, in Michigan you don’t even need a library card, you can login with your drivers license number. One database that I have access to here in DC, offers full text articles from 6000 sources. Another, provides the full text and full image of every New York Times article ever published back to 1851. I even have access to a searchable version of the Oxford English Dictionary. That’s what I have access to. Here’s an example of what someone with a San Francisco Public Library card has access to. Wow!!! More about all of this in an article I wrote for SearchDay.

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