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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

New York State Online Virtual Electronic Library

New York State several years ago entered into an agreement to provide access to several great databases for ALL New York State residents. These databases are referred to as the New York State Online Virtual Electronic Library or NOVEL (like the book) for short. To date, access has been primarily through public, school and academic libraries. The databases include the Business & Company Resources Center and National Newspaper Index. (The full list is available at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/library/novel/database/index.html.)

Recently, NYS changed how people can access these databases. Now NYS residents can access these databases by using a NYS Driver License or Non-Driver Photo ID Card. The web site for accessing NOVEL in this fashion is at http://www.novelnewyork.org. Please note that the system retains no personal information about you or your searches.

Why use NOVEL? It gives you access to the full text of hundreds of journals, newspapers and other references. This is great content which you normally have to pay for. In this case, the State has paid for it and we get to use it for free.

Who can us NOVEL?
Anyone, however, be aware that the license that I've seen stipulates that it is for personal or internal use only. Information from the NOVEL databases can be downloaded and printed, but it cannot be resold or copied. The databases are not be used for third-party research services.

How can you get help? First, check with your local library to see if they have training classes or can answer questions you have about the databases. Second, you can ask questions of the NOVEL Help Desk, Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., at (877) 277-0250.

You will be impressed with the content in the NOVEL databases. It is not everything you will ever want, but it is much more than what you've had access to previously from your desktop and for free.


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