6.26.2007

Library Hack: lit mags, free

Lifehacker ran a post on "library hacks" a while back. Here's my own hack for the poetry-reading, no-longer-have-access-to-academic-libraries crowd: find out if your public library subscribes to Academic Search Premier, a database containing the full text of tons of academic journals...and lit journals. Yes--you can be mildly disgusted by the current issue of Poetry for free without having to skim it surreptitiously at Barnes & Noble!

In Academic Search Premier, click on "Publications" to search for a journal. If it's there (and offers more than just the bibliographic records, which many mags do), click on the journal's name and presto--the full text of every issue, often going back years. American Poetry Review, The Antioch Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Chicago Review, The Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, etc., are all available in full text. It's also a good way to check out a journal's bent over time if you're looking for places to submit. If only it had the full text of Pleiades, or The Canary, or...

4 comments:

Peter said...

This is intriguing.
If only there were a way to hack n from home.

Emily Lloyd said...

Peter--check out your library's website. You should be able to get into most of the databases they subscribe to from home, with your library card barcode and (perhaps) a PIN. That's been the case at every system I've worked for.

The Sublibrarian said...

Peter,
You can do the same thing through Seattle Public Library. Go to the website, www.spl.org. Click on Databases and Websites. That pulls up a categorized list. Click on Magazines & Newspapers to get to another page. On that new page, after you've logged in w/ your barcode and PIN, click on Expanded Academic ASAP. There's a Publications item in the menu bar that'll let get to journals via various search criteria. Poetry is on line. Looks like in June they tried to make up for that essay by Hoagland earlier in the year (Mlinko & Bernstein).

I'm glad they don't try to hide this....

Ahnyah said...

hi i live in the caribbean and i wanted to read A taste of fire online , i saw it in some library but it says i need a card. We don't have library card that can be used on line. How can i get one to borrow or can someone borrow the book and can i get access to it please.