The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0813 Thursday, 28 April 2005
Date: Wednesday, 27 Apr 2005 09:20:54 -0700
Subject: SHK 16.0384: "Online Find"
Comment: Response to SHK 16.0384: "Online Find"
regarding SHK 16.0384, Friday, 25 February 2005, "Online Find"
It has come to our attention at the Stanford University Libraries that
some of our full-text databases of English poetry, prose and drama were
mistakenly advertised in this forum as being open to the public.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of the databases cited in the post are
in fact licensed (from Chadwyck Healey, Oxford UP, and others) to the
Stanford community, and are NOT open to the public.
Through a technical error (involving an older server and evolving campus
authentication systems), some of these databases may have been visible
to the public for a short period earlier this year, and I presume that
your poster discovered them during that time. This hole has now been
At the same time, many of these databases do have publicly accessible
tables of contents or author-title lists, which were also cited in this
post, and which (although of limited use) will remain available.
However, links to the complete texts and to our full-text search engines
are meant to be closed to the general public due to licensing
restrictions -- of which many of you are undoubtedly aware.
Often in the past, when Stanford has created digital editions or
versions of its own intellectual property or of editions in public
domain, we have offered them freely to the world, and we hope to
continue this practice as much as possible -- but of course always
within the bounds of the law and of our license agreements with various
My apologies for any misunderstandings,
Humanities Digital Information Service
Stanford University Libraries
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