Some information on the Web may not be available for free. This information may be restricted to paid subscribers.
Often, libraries and other organizations such as law firms, businesses, subscribe to specialized
databases on the Web. CUNY Libraries subscribes to many subscription databases, and individual CUNY
campuses may subscribe to more.
These databases can only be accessed by members of the organization. CUNY provides access to its
databases via RPA access, and some campuses have Proxy or RPA for their own additional resources.
Subscriptions to fee-based Web resources are also available to individuals. for example, some
newspapers and magazines provide the full-text of their issues on the Web to subscribers who are
willing to pay.
Commercial services, providing customized information to individuals, are also available, for a fee.
An example of one such service is Hoover's company profiles.