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May 2007 Issue
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Library offers electronic resources to alumni


University of Adelaide alumni around the world can now enjoy access to selected e-journals and databases through the Barr Smith Library.

The Library has recently expanded alumni services to include a range of electronic resources, giving alumni access to more than 5000 journals, magazines and newspapers, as well as another 4000 country-specific industry reports, from any internet-enabled computer, no matter where it is located.

Using resources provided largely through two databases - Academic Search Alumni and Business Source Alumni - University of Adelaide alumni will have access to a range of generalist publications, such as Time Australia, Business Week, New Scientist and Scientific American, as well as highly specialised academic journals in most disciplines.

These resources are now available to alumni who are Library borrowers, and are provided on the understanding that material is for personal research and educational use.

"This service has the potential to be well received by alumni, as it begins to answer one of their most frequently asked questions of us: can they have access to Library e-resources when not on campus or when living away from Adelaide?" said University Librarian Ray Choate.

"We see it as an important step forward in the Library's provision of services to what is a largely external section of the University community. If it is difficult for our alumni to visit the Library, then this service helps to bring the Library closer to them."

Access for the rest of 2007 is provided to alumni at no extra charge beyond the current borrowing fee. From 2008, the Library may introduce separate charging for online resources, which would give members the opportunity to register solely for online resources.

To find out more about the Barr Smith Library's new electronic resource service, visit:

If you are not yet a registered borrower, information on joining the Library is available at: or by contacting the Services Section, Barr Smith Library, on (08) 8303 5124 or email:

Story by Lana Guineay

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