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Regarding information, not quite. One of the few things I really missed immediately upon graduation was access to expensive databases like LexisNexis, JSTOR, ACM Digital Library. You'll be at a great disadvantage trying to conduct real research without such access.

I sometimes must ask a friend still in academia to download a PDF of some slightly older CS paper for me.

I also miss the wonderful university libraries. The public libraries are not nearly as good especially for more specialized matters.




Definitely true - I didn't think about access to proprietary databases or the excellent libraries.

I wonder if universities will have to go even deeper than they currently are to compete with the internet, or if the proprietary databases and large libraries will inevitably be made irrelevant by the internet.




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