ACCESS: gopher://nic.sura.net:71

Review: Standard practice for most, if not all, academic librarians involves the search for resources and guides through the Internet. This incredible, mystical, and majestical world of cyberspace is packed with electronic delicacies such as journals, financial reports, and U.S. Government documents. Recently, the government's Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) established Internet access to its publications. The FDIC promotes a soundly managed banking industry, regulates commercial and savings banks, and insures depositors.

Presently, bibliographies, statistical data, and consumer information await any infonaut. Librarians will find the bibliographies useful in compiling in-house handouts. Graduate students in accounting, economics, and finance will appreciate access to the 1991 and 1992 STATISTICS ON BANKING and THE HISTORICAL STATISTICS ON BANKING, 1934- 1992. The periodical CONSUMER NEWS and other assorted "pamphlet" titles may be of some assistance in answering banking queries. The statistical and consumer news materials are available in both ASCII and WordPerfect 5.1 text formats.

This nascent host offers only a handful of publications, though the FDIC reports that, in the future, users will be able to access materials such as press releases and quarterly banking profiles. Hopefully, these and other important publications such as the DATA BOOK will make their way into cyberspace. In any event, the FDIC is to be applauded for initiating Internet access to their publications.

Reviewer: Tom Diamond
Position: Business Reference Specialist
Institution: Louisiana State University
E-mail address: notted@lsuvm
Date of review: October 20, 1994.

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