New York Times: Still free to you

New York TimesThe NYTimes.com paywall went up today. The new limits in summary:  20 free articles a week, and 5 clicks a day from search engine results. The truck-sized loophole: links coming from outside sources (blogs, Facebook, etc.) will always work.

Plenty of people are weighing in on the big questions: Will people pay for quality journalism?  Will people simply skip the Times in favor of free sources?

But much of the discussion has focused on workarounds, ranging from four lines of code to Twitter accounts that systematically link to every article. Has the Times designed its paywall to catch only its “most loyal and most stupid” readers?

This may be a good time to remember that current SCC students, faculty and staff can always get the Times for free via the library databases. You will find a link on our databases page that allows you to get full-text articles from 1985-present using the EBSCOhost interface. Or, for more complete coverage, try LexisNexis Academic. Or, if you prefer to turn the pages, we have the most recent six months of the paper in the Periodicals section of the library.

If you’re having trouble finding anything, please get in touch with a librarian and we’ll do our best to get it for you!

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