3. June 2011 09:39
The National Academies Press, which publishes books and reports from the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council, now offers all PDF versions of its publications as free downloads. Your tax dollars have paid for these books.
Why is this important? NAS studies are usually the gold standard for science, technology, and medicine. Not always - some issues are controversial. But generally, citation to a NAS book will go far to establish a fact or a standard for policy or litigation advocacy. You may even be able to convince a court to take judicial notice of an NAS report or accept it into evidence. They generally represent the consensus scientific position on an issue.
And now you don't even have to go to the Library to get them. Of course, we hope you will come to the Library anyway. To quote the Mickey Mouse Club, "Why? Because we like you."