Old tyme research

It’s hard to believe (unless you’re olde) that there was a time when The Google didn’t exist for instant answers.  Or The Wikipedia for answers that required some depth of thought.  Or, the Canadian Encyclopedia for an authoritative answer.

In my high school years, none of the above were available.  In our library, we did have a copy of the WorldBook Encyclopedia or the Encyclopedia Brittanica for research on projects.  Memory serving me well, these were never allowed to be checked out.

It made things challenging at time because if someone was using the volume that had the answers for your project, for example, you couldn’t.  I can remember a number of times changing topics just because of this.

Can you imagine a time when an Encyclopedia might just have three volumes?  If you think back to 1771, you can.  And, now, thanks to the National Library of Scotland, you can do your research with the Encyclopaedia Brittanica of that era.

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For me, this was an interesting experience.  I didn’t have much luck with doing what I thought my be useful Scottish searches – Loch Ness or Golf.  So, I just went the viewer to read some of the pages there.  (I switched to single page view and then found that I needed to zoom in to get the actual content)\

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As you might expect, it wasn’t easy reading.  While the Encyclopaedia was in English, it wasn’t English as we know it today.  But, it was fascinating to poke around.

It was indeed very interesting.  I just felt badly for those students who might have wanted to use this but only the first three could get their hands on it easily.

And, as for the teachers, did they brag about developing 18th Century skills?

Read more here.

Oh, and an update to the scraper … he/she/it took yesterday’s post in its entirety and put it on his/her/its blog.

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