Today’s Scout Report from the University of Wisconsin highlights a couple of websites/resources of interest:
The Perkins Geology Museum at the University of Vermont
— The “Perkins Digital Archive” contains >1000 images of minerals, fossils and rocks. Their collection of > 24,000 photos documenting Vermont’s “Landscape Change Program” dates from 1690. These collections are searchable.
The Barren Lands
The area west of Hudson Bay in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan was thoroughly documented and explored by Canadian geologist, J.B. Tyrrell in 1893 and 1894. There are >5000 images in this collection at the University of Toronto.
“NRC-CISTI offers pay-per-article service for database — 14 May 2008
Canada-based National Research Council’s Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI) has launched Discover, a suite of current and planned pay-per-article services. Discover is designed to allow any researcher to search a database of more than 20 million articles for free and pay by credit card to view and print those selected. No pre-registration, user name or password is required.
Each article costs C$12, plus publisher fees and applicable taxes. Users see the full and exact cost of items added to their shopping carts. Open access articles are available free of any charges. Articles from NRC-CISTI’s electronic collection (indicated with a green mouse symbol) are available for viewing immediately. Articles in the print collection (indicated with a red flying envelope symbol) must first be scanned, and users receive a link by e-mail when the article is ready to be viewed and printed. Access to all articles is for one view, one print. Access begins when the link is opened and ends when the link is closed. Users may not save the document to their desktop.
NRC-CISTI is planning to launch a free Discover Alerts service later in the year. This service will allow users to register to receive electronic notification of new articles based on search criteria or journal title. The alerts will be delivered either via e-mail or RSS feeds.”
Source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter
This will be a service to keep in mind particularly when one is no longer connected to a university or company which provides easy and free document delivery. While one is at Princeton University, do utilize our Document Delivery /Interlibrary Loan service — a resource of which we are proud. Of course, an individual on his own should have access through a public library. The price of this new service from CISTI seems very reasonable.