Their newest iteration is the Alex 3.0 and allows users to search and browse for free.
Visit the Ask Alexander page, type in your question or terms, and presto, Alexander delivers the images of the journals or sources containing your terms.
It is fast and very helpful. You will need to login if you want to see the responsive pages — assuming the sources are available at your subscription level.
The Ask Alexander team inform Inside Magic that users can “test drive” the system for free. “Though this subscription level is smaller than our Bronze, Silver, and Gold subscriptions (Gold now has over 1,000,000 pages!), it still contains a lot of great material. This free account even supports all of Alex’s features like collection building, instant translation and adding notes, just to name a few.”
Inside Magic intends to release its long-anticipated Ask Paw Lawton page in the coming weeks. It has been in beta testing since 1997 but is almost ready for launch. Unlike Ask Alexander, the Ask Paw Lawton service provides the instant recollections of our sainted father, Li’l Tom Hardy’s Road Chief on almost any topic you can name. The answers are not nearly as accurate or complete as Ask Alexander and currently many of the responses are not truly safe for work or polite audiences (we’re working on that) but it should be a major step forward.
Until Ask Paw Lawton launches, though, we suggest you take advantage of Ask Alexander. As Paw Lawton once said, “You can’t beat free, but you can beat cheap.”