Fee-Based or Subscription Web Sites

Not all information on the Web is available for free; some sites are restricted to paid subscribers.

  • University/Organization subscriptions

Titles of selected fee-based databases, including Britannica, Contemporary Authors, and Education Abstracts

Often, universities and other organizations, such as law firms and businesses, subscribe to specialized databases that are available through the Web. These databases can only be accessed by members of a selected community. For example, most of the electronic databases provided by the Contra Costa College Library are only available to the campus community. As a student, you can access these databases with a password. Most of the information provided by the databases is not available for free elsewhere on the Web.

  • Individual/Personal subscriptions

Subscriptions to fee-based Web resources, such as Consumer Reports, are also available to individuals.

Subscription link on Consumer Reports Web site

Some newspapers and magazines provide the full-text of their issues on the Web to subscribers who are willing to pay. The Wall Street Journal, for example, has a web version that is available by subscription.

Subscription information Web page for the Wall Street Journal, Interactive Edition

Other newspapers provide free access to some of their stories and content, and require a paid subscription to view additional stories on their Web site. And still others require free registration to read stories they have posted on the Web.

Commercial services, providing customized information to individuals, are also available, for a fee. An example of one such service is Hoover's company profiles.

Hoover's Online Web page
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