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National Academies Reports (1863 to 1997) Now Available in Open Access

The National Academies (The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council) have a long history of advising the government. Now, they have announced “the completion of the first phase of a partnership with Google to digitize the library’s collection of reports from 1863 to 1997, making them available – free, searchable, and in full text – through Google Book Search. The Academies plan to have their entire collection of nearly 11,000 reports digitized by 2011.”

Some publications of the Academies are already available through Google Book Search, but not full text. (See for example: Realizing the information future By National Research Council). The announcement does not make clear whether some of these will become available full text or not.

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