Best Secret of the New York Public Library (2008)

ProQuest Direct

Cardholders' access to ProQuest Direct is the lazy researcher's best friend. You don't have to actually haul your information-deprived butt out to the library anymore. Just go to the nypl.org Web site's "Electronic Resources" section, type in your library card number, and presto, about 8000 periodicals are free for the searching, with full text and even photos from most of the important ones—including a lot of New York Times articles that'll cost you from the Times' own site. They'll even e-mail or fax you the piece you want.

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