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anyone addicted to Google Book Search yet?

a.s.
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Mar 17 2007, 1:39am


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***raises own hand Angelic

Now, there's probably a lot of you who caught on to the coolness of Google Book Search before I did, so do not gloat. But for those who haven't found it yet, I have to say it's great: I have now spent hours and hours and HOURS there looking up old stuff that interests me.

The history of the project is fascinating itself. But one only has to realize that several wonderful university libraries and other large library systems (Harvard, the University of Michigan, Princeton University, the New York Public Library, Oxford and Stanford among them) are cooperating with Google to "digitize" old public domain books to be floored by the endless possibilities:

The combined collections at these extraordinary libraries are estimated to exceed 15 million volumes.

For instance, any of you fellow public health nurses out there (I know there must be one or two!!), you can read Lavinia Dock and Adelaide Nutting's Histories of Nursing from the early twentieth century. You can read NIGHTINGALE for heaven's sake, in the original if you want.

~~(a little hero worship, sorry)~~

For those getting ready for the upcoming Beowulf discussions, there are several full view translations dating back to the 1830s. Wouldn't THAT be challenging (I'm sticking with my paper copy of Heaney, but some of us might be up for the challenge!!)

Anyway, I recommend Google Book Search as highly entertaining. Let me know if you find a really cool search. Right now, I'm off to search "cooking" "1850-1900" "full view books". Here's a cool title for preparing a St. Patrick's day feast:

The edible mollusks of Great Britain and Ireland, with recipes for cooking them, by M.S. Lovell, published in London in 1867.

Gosh I love the internet.

Laugh

a.s.

"an seileachan"

Everybody's wondering what and where they all came from.
Everybody's worried 'bout where they're gonna go when the whole thing's done.
No one knows for certain, and so it's all the same to me:
I think I'll just let the mystery be.
~~~~Iris DeMent

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anyone addicted to Google Book Search yet? a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Mar 17 2007, 1:39am
    Oh boy. Alnilam Send a private message to Alnilam Mar 17 2007, 1:47am
    I'm a believer Altaira Send a private message to Altaira Mar 17 2007, 2:05am
        maybe you can drag ME away!!! a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Mar 17 2007, 2:32am
    no, but Annael Send a private message to Annael Mar 17 2007, 2:49am
    I love having access to books online! Ugly Troll Send a private message to Ugly Troll Mar 17 2007, 3:35am
    It's come in handy for reference work. Aerin Send a private message to Aerin Mar 17 2007, 3:53am
    Well now I am Finding Frodo Send a private message to Finding Frodo Mar 17 2007, 5:28am
        you SEE??? :-) a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Mar 17 2007, 1:14pm
    I'm avoiding it so I can have some semblance of a normal life. / Penthe Send a private message to Penthe Mar 17 2007, 5:38am
    Oh my! What a good time to be unemployed! JRandomRohirrim Send a private message to JRandomRohirrim Mar 17 2007, 10:49am
        *harrumph!* Says YOU.... diedye Send a private message to diedye Mar 17 2007, 10:05pm
            Nooo...! Greenwood Hobbit Send a private message to Greenwood Hobbit Mar 17 2007, 11:16pm
    I hadn't looked into it. RosieLass Send a private message to RosieLass Mar 17 2007, 3:17pm
        Oh My!!! Elven Send a private message to Elven Mar 17 2007, 6:43pm
    Oh my goodness!!! wolfranger Send a private message to wolfranger Mar 18 2007, 10:41pm
        be careful!! It's powerfully attractive a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Mar 19 2007, 12:01am
            *squee*! wolfranger Send a private message to wolfranger Mar 19 2007, 7:46am
    Greeeeat... Carcharoth Send a private message to Carcharoth Mar 24 2007, 3:04am

 
 
 

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