Wednesday, January 10, 2007

New online resources

Today has been a bad day for the day job (still not working...), but it's been great for discovering new reference sources.

If you're interested in medical information, you'll know that PubMed Central is an excellent source. Coverage has always been broad, which is commendable when you consider the scope and location of online databases in general. Especially the free ones. PubMed is US-hosted and free to access.

There is now a UK mirror of the service. UK PubMed Central (UKPMC) went live yesterday according to the FT (paid subscription required for full article).

Use it. Enjoy it. Scare yourself with it by looking up the condition the doctor told you you've got this morning. But most importantly, do all of these things safe in the knowledge that it's good quality information.

The UK Statute Law Database (SLD) is a free, searchable database of most of the UK's standing legislation. This is A Good Thing, and it's been a long time coming. Its predecessor, Statutes in force, has been out of date since its last update in 1991.

Making our laws more accessible and available is a step forward. If only more of our standard reference texts could make the same step!

Bibliothecary is going to be thrilled about the second one!!

1 comment:

Bibliothecary said...

These links are well mint, as the youth of today are wont to say! I especially love the UK Statute Law Database, which fills the gaping chasm left by the decision some years ago to discontinue the 'Statutes in Force' publication.

It's like a second Christmas...