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Research is fun

Postby Baker » 14 Sep 2012, 14:13

I love the intertoobz. So, I was looking for some information on certain types of horse-drawn vehicles. My friend the Google machine threw up pages and pages of results. Most were secondary sources that were a great overview with some lovely illustrations--and plenty were pretty much copy and paste of the same info. Well and good. But I wanted to be sure of my details, which means finding a primary source. Lo and behold, the Google machine was great here. Archives, libraries, and museums have come a long way in digitising books from their collections. So, within about three minutes of looking, I had downloaded an epub copy of a book written in 1796 about carriages, including what they cost for various design features and optional extras. There really isn't much excuse for not getting the twiddly bits right when we have such astonishing access to resources. Even a few years ago, I might've had to plan a trip to the university library to get this sort of material. We are so lucky to be living in this age.

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Re: Research is fun

Postby PaulaO » 15 Sep 2012, 13:36

Cool. And yeah, digitizing of old books is a good thing. It helps to preserve the original while still making the contents available.

Where'd you get the book? Sounds like a good tool to have around.
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Re: Research is fun

Postby Baker » 16 Sep 2012, 09:05

Ugly links (because I'm lazy) from multiple sources:

Internet Archive (great resource!) http://archive.org/details/englishpleasure00adamgoog
Google Books http://books.google.co.nz/books/about/E ... edir_esc=y
Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/english ... 1026826457

It's common with very old books to find them at multiple sources--because someone else digitised them and they're out of copyright, so it costs sites like B&N nothing to add them to their collections.

Edited to add: :duh: wrong book, though obviously from the same search (and it is interesting, too). The correct book is: http://archive.org/details/treatiseoncarria02felt
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