Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Chronicle of Higher Education

It was through The Chronicle of Higher Education that I found the posting for Outreach Librarian at Union University. That was back in October of 2009. Now here I am and we have recently added full and unlimited access to The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Chronicle, for short, is most likely the single most important source for current articles and trends in academia. Many features of The Chronicle of Higher education were already available for free online but many of the more in depth articles and studies, the PREMIUM content, were only available by subscription. You could also access many of the articles full text from 1999 to one month ago through Academic Search Premier which is available through our Databases A-Z page. Now, however, you can just use the Chronicle of Higher Education directly from the Databases page and have full access to any of The Chronicle of Higher Education's premium content. I found many interesting articles that predated 1999. I also found a blog post in The Chronicle about Union University using Facebook after the tornado hit in 2008.

This addition of full-text, unlimited access to The Chronicle is key since The Chronicle is such an important resource for anyone working in Academia. It provides facts and figures, news, blog posts, job postings, and in depth articles about the goings on in Universities across the globe. One could use the The Chronicle to find out what percentage of Americans have graduate degrees or to read about the plight of a promising engineering student in India. An individual subscription would cost 40 dollars for 6 months but Summar Library is happy to provide a campus wide subscription for the Union community. If you are accessing the Chronicle from off campus just go through the Databases A-Z page and you will be prompted for a password but then will have full access to the premium content.

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