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anyone addicted to Google Book Search yet?

a.s.
Valinor


Mar 17 2007, 1:39am

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anyone addicted to Google Book Search yet? Can't Post

***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


Alnilam
Rivendell


Mar 17 2007, 1:47am

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Oh boy. [In reply to] Can't Post

I don't think I want to go near that. I'd be lost in it forever looking at all the different books and such. I would need a long paid vacation.

It sounds really interesting.

And you definitely have heard of it before I did.


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Altaira
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Mar 17 2007, 2:05am

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I'm a believer [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm not addicted yet... no, really I'm not. Angelic Let's just say I spent the last 20 mins there and only just, JUST scratched the surface (and JUST managed to drag myself away).

I didn't know about it either. Thanks, a.s. Smile


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a.s.
Valinor


Mar 17 2007, 2:32am

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maybe you can drag ME away!!! [In reply to] Can't Post


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I'm not addicted yet... no, really I'm not. Angelic Let's just say I spent the last 20 mins there and only just, JUST scratched the surface (and JUST managed to drag myself away).


uh, I am apparently unable to get off the Google Book Search web site. I feel like I've died and gone to heaven already. Just perusing the titles is giving me a thrill. How about this one, I mean, who can RESIST!!!???

The Penny Cyclopædia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge , London, 1842.

I can imagine the 12-step program for search addicts now...wait, let me just look up history of 12-step programs.

back momentarily....or sometime...

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


Annael
Half-elven


Mar 17 2007, 2:49am

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no, but [In reply to] Can't Post

I love Google Scholar.

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Ugly Troll
Bree


Mar 17 2007, 3:35am

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I love having access to books online! [In reply to] Can't Post

Unfortunately, it is VERY hard on the eyes to read a novel length text on a monitor.


Aerin
Grey Havens


Mar 17 2007, 3:53am

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It's come in handy for reference work. [In reply to] Can't Post

I've never sought it out, but some of my Google searches have turned up pages in books that are part of that collection. Very nice! My eyes aren't up to extended reading of scanned pages on the screen, but it's great for looking up specfic information.


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Tol Eressea


Mar 17 2007, 5:28am

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Well now I am [In reply to] Can't Post

Since I found this:
She's a bicycle, bicycle girl,
With hair of the loveliest curl;
She's fresher than clover,
My heart she rides over --
She's a bicycle, bicycle girl!

From Lyra Cyclus; Or The Bard and the Bicycle.

Hmm, what else shall I look for?

Where's Frodo?


Penthe
Gondor


Mar 17 2007, 5:38am

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I'm avoiding it so I can have some semblance of a normal life. / [In reply to] Can't Post

 


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Rohan


Mar 17 2007, 10:49am

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Oh my! What a good time to be unemployed! [In reply to] Can't Post

I LOVE old books; I'm a history nut, and one way to understand the attitudes of a time is to read a book tied to that time. This will give me lots more material to go play around with.

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a.s.
Valinor


Mar 17 2007, 1:14pm

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you SEE??? :-) [In reply to] Can't Post

It's like having a wonderful old used book store in your own home, minus the dust and mess!!

a.s. (muttering about having to get groceries and errands today instead of randomly searching Google Books)

"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


RosieLass
Valinor


Mar 17 2007, 3:17pm

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I hadn't looked into it. [In reply to] Can't Post

But I can see myself spending a lot of time there now!

I've used the online books page at http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/ and I've looked up stuff at the Gutenberg Project. Especially when I'm bored at work... Angelic

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    Elven
    Valinor


    Mar 17 2007, 6:43pm

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    Oh My!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

    Now you've done it LOL!
    I'll never get any sleep!
    I have just started collecting old books, and am currently reading about the Lords and Ladies of the Italian lakes - the Sforza-Visconti families Crazy 1900's edition - OMG!!
    I live in a town where there are more antique books than new ones ... thousands upon thousnads of them!!!!
    I can spend 4 hours in one section just looking!

    Life will never be the same Wink

    Heart Elven x

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    diedye
    Grey Havens


    Mar 17 2007, 10:05pm

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    Gondor


    Mar 17 2007, 11:16pm

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    Nooo...! [In reply to] Can't Post

    Much too close to bed-time to even attempt it. I dare not. Maybe another time, in daylight!


    wolfranger
    Bree


    Mar 18 2007, 10:41pm

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    Oh my goodness!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

    This is awesome! And to think I'd never heard of it before. The first thing I looked up: Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy, which I very recently snuck into a library of which I KNOW I don't have access to read. Thanks a.s.!

    Cheers,
    wolfranger.

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    a.s.
    Valinor


    Mar 19 2007, 12:01am

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    be careful!! It's powerfully attractive [In reply to] Can't Post

    at least, I seem to have spent way too long this weekend randomly looking up old "stuff". Like I started thinking about what "Gothic language" texts Tolkien might have had access to in the Bodleian library, since their nineteenth century public domain works are all being digitized...

    whoo. That was an hour right there!

    Crazy

    BUT!! unfortunately that led to another page at the Bodley, which is their Digital Library Projects page....

    a.s. (apparently stuck in endless "look up old stuff on the web" mode)

    "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


    wolfranger
    Bree


    Mar 19 2007, 7:46am

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    *squee*! [In reply to] Can't Post

    It's so hard to get access to the Bodleian these days... It's like having it be a public library! Laugh

    "People at first though it obscurely religious, but when Rodia was rediscovered in Northern California after having disappeard for some years he turned out to be violently anti-religious, though he did not offer any other explanation of the towers' inscriptions and symbols." Howard Becker, Art Worlds. (Referring to the Watts Towers in Los Angeles.)


    Carcharoth
    Bree


    Mar 24 2007, 3:04am

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    Greeeeat... [In reply to] Can't Post

    ...something else to ensnare me. Thanks!


     
     

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