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As a librarian, I had the blissful privilege of access to the University's online treasure-house:  the OED, the Oxford DNB, the full Early English Books Online (what's open to the public is a pitiful shadow), the Ben Jonson archive, &c., &c.   For years now—ever since my late august employer cut me off—I've been getting up from my comfy chair, getting gloved and booted, and trudging off to the library at all hours to Look Things Up.  Great exercise, but the ruination of shoes.

The OED, thank heavens, is accessible to holders of a British library card number, which I've borrowed from kind friends.  But the lack of EEBO when I want it has been a perennial frustration.

Fortunately, I've just learned that a subscription to the excellent Renaissance Society of America (thoughtfully scaled to income) buys access to some fabulous online resources, EEBO and all.  Many of these are freely available to all (it's well worth clicking, just in case); but others are not.  And who could resist  such temptations as The First Book of Fashion? the Proceedings of Old Bailey, 1674-1913? the English Broadside Ballad Archive? the Database of Early English Playbooks?   I've been running around gleefully jingling my keys.

It's raining little shards of ice out there.  And I can sit at my own desk with a nice cup of tea, and read this stuff.  Bliss.

Nine








Date: 2017-04-01 10:51 am (UTC)
oursin: Illustration from the Kipling story: mongoose on desk with inkwell and papers (mongoose)
From: [personal profile] oursin
Membership of the Wellcome Library is free and provides access to a plethora of databases, inc ODNB, OED, EEBO, etc, though (annoyingly, and it's due to the publishers, and presumably applies to any library) some journals are only available digitally on-site.

Date: 2017-04-02 12:45 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thistleingrey
That's very good to know, as is the information in the post! Thank you both.

I've let my Medieval Academy membership lapse (there was a political disagreement), but I see now that they offer 50% off JSTOR's individual-access plan. Not great, but not bad.

Date: 2017-04-04 01:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wolfinthewood
The Proceedings of the Old Bailey are freely available at https://www.oldbaileyonline.org

Did you know that Cambridge alumni can sign up for an account that provides access free of charge to a lot of the resources available on JSTOR? Info here:

http://www.alumni.cam.ac.uk/benefits/journals-and-online-resources

Date: 2017-04-04 01:48 pm (UTC)
wolfinthewood: Wolf's head in relief from romanesque tympanum at Kilpeck, Herefordshire (Default)
From: [personal profile] wolfinthewood
Also, with your CAMcard (or CAMcard number) you can get 20% off Cambridge University Press books: https://www.alumni.cam.ac.uk/benefits/camcard/cambridge-university-press

This brings the price down to something more in line with what other academic publishers charge. CUP books always were fiendishly expensive.

Anyway, I bought a book at the CUP shop on a recent visit to Cambridge, and was very happy to get the discount. I haven't tried ordering online, so I don't know what they charge for post and packing. Might be a bit steep for someone ordering from the US.

Date: 2017-04-01 02:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sartorias.livejournal.com
Bookmarking, in case someday I get out of the black hole of deep debt, and can do things like this again.

Date: 2017-04-01 11:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nineweaving.livejournal.com
As noted, many of these sites are freely accessible--it's certainly worth crattling the doors to see if they're locked.

Nine

Date: 2017-04-02 12:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sartorias.livejournal.com
Yisss! And so I have bookmarked.

Date: 2017-04-02 04:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nineweaving.livejournal.com
Enjoy!

Nine

Date: 2017-04-01 02:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teenybuffalo.livejournal.com
"English Ballad Broadside Archive" NOM NOM NOM

Date: 2017-04-01 11:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nineweaving.livejournal.com
That one has your name on it!

Nine

Date: 2017-04-01 03:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tempestsarekind.livejournal.com
This is neither here nor there since you already have OED access, I suppose, but you can access the OED online with a BPL card number as well, if you have one; I use it with my students sometimes when teaching older texts, since they all have BPL cards through the school.

Date: 2017-04-01 11:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nineweaving.livejournal.com
Oh, that's very good to know! The OED is right up there with tea and chocolate as a household necessity. Many thanks.

Nine

Date: 2017-04-01 04:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] al-zorra.livejournal.com
Bliss . . . do I ever know what you mean!

But it's never enough. Must have more access to more information sources!

Date: 2017-04-02 12:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nineweaving.livejournal.com
How on earth did we all survive offline?

Nine

Date: 2017-04-02 01:11 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] al-zorra.livejournal.com
We lived in libraries!

or -- had to give up the idea of real scholarship and research, since a lot of research / academic libraries and collections wouldn't allow in people unaffiliated with a another such institution.

Sux.

Of course, once one publishes something 'serious' -- or as quantified as 'serious' one might get some cooperation, that is if one had some other affiliated and credentialed scholars willing to write letters of recommendation.

Time consuming. Frustrating. Humiliating -- always requesting those letters.

Date: 2017-04-02 04:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nineweaving.livejournal.com
I cannot imagine the time, the travel, the surmounting of barriers, it would take to visit every last surviving title published in English, from Caxton, 1483 through the 17th century. Lifetimes! And there they all are on EEBO—over 125,000 books, in searchable format. We live in an age of miracles.

Nine

Date: 2017-04-01 04:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] madrobins
Bookmarked... for the next time I have an hour free to trawl these waters. Definite bliss.

Date: 2017-04-02 12:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nineweaving.livejournal.com
How pleasant to spend an afternoon at the Old Bailey! Or with Margaret Cavendish....

Nine
Edited Date: 2017-04-02 04:07 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-04-01 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aerodrome1.livejournal.com
Sounds lovely!

Date: 2017-04-02 12:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nineweaving.livejournal.com
A buffet of bliss!

Nine

Date: 2017-04-01 08:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] negothick.livejournal.com
Yay for access regained, boo to you-know-who for being dirty Scrooges. Sorry about the weather--the worst of both worlds.

Date: 2017-04-02 12:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nineweaving.livejournal.com
Absolute cheese-paring. Even the emeriti are barred. I would have loved this from my comfy chair, with a cup of hot chocolate. But I had a hike up a steep hill, in the thick of it. Not as pleasant.

Nine
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