Saturday, June 10, 2006

Gak! Cut off at the knees!

I plum forgot to renew my subscription to New Scientist, which is my single most important science resource for my science-fiction writing. Not only do I really enjoy the magazine, but I'm constantly turning to the full-text online archives for research. Must renew right away, 'cause now I'm locked out of the archives! Gak!

Ironically, I discovered this on the same day I was contemplating letting my subscription to another weekly science magazine, Science News, lapse. I've subscribed to Science News for 22 years now, but whereas New Scientist makes its archives available for free to subscribers, Science News doesn't (although you can search for the reference online, and then dig through your stack of back issues to find the actual article). That's so last millennium!


At June 11, 2006 12:55 AM , Blogger Andrew said...

Since taking over the About Physics site roughly a month ago, I have gotten tons of Physics Blog material from New Scientist. I don't subscribe, but a portion of my end-of-June paycheck is slated toward it, now that I can legitimately claim it as a business expense. Glad to know that it comes highly recommended!

At June 12, 2006 2:37 PM , Anonymous Jen said...

I'd recommend asking at your library to see whether they have remote access to Science News full text online through any subscription databases, if you find it sometimes useful but don't want to continue an individual subscription. Thompson-Gale's "General Reference Center Gold," for example, has full-text Science News articles back to 1985, and citations back to 1980.

At June 12, 2006 7:09 PM , Blogger RobertJSawyer said...

Excellent suggestion, Jen! THANK YOU!


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