Things youre not likely to find on the Web for free

• encyclopedias (the CD-ROM versions are selling too well)

• index and abstract services (very labor-intensive to produce but are essential to a scholarly researcher looking for journal articles and therefore very profitable to sell to libraries)

• books that are still under copyright

• full-text nonfiction books on scholarly topics

• most scholarly journal articles (this is changing)

• pre-1994 (pre-Web) magazine and newspaper articles (this may change)

If you look at the list of what's not on the Web, it covers about 90% of the contents of a college library's collection, both the reference and the circulating collection. It's apparent that researchers still have to spend a good portion of their research time in the library rather than on the Web.

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