Research Tools

Putting women’s rights on (the) line

When a French revolutionary pamphlet crops up in the news, we take notice. Just days ago, the British Library announced that it is partnering with Google to digitize 250,000 eighteenth- and nineteenth-century books.  Among the few titles they singled out…

Cataloging training (3)

Finally getting into a groove working with the French Revolution Collection (FRC) pamphlets. I think I may have even (almost) mastered the order of the MARC notes fields.  I encountered a bit of newness with this week’s pamphlets including using…

Cataloging Training (2)

The training and practice cataloging that I completed during my first two weeks have proved to be a great introduction to finding records for items in OCLC and editing them to better describe the items in the French Revolution Collection…

Dictionnaires d’autrefois

It’s not really fair to say I discovered the Dictionnaires d’autrefois page (on the ARTFL Project website) while working on this project because I relied heavily on it while doing my academic work, but it is definitely true that I…

Notaries and the book trade

When 18th-century booksellers and publishers in France planned to publish a new title, it was not uncommon for them to request in prospectuses or advertisements for the proposed work that subscribers mail their subscription fee to a notary, who acted…

Legalese

Initially, the most difficult aspect of working on the project was dealing with the highly technical legal language in most of the pamphlets I worked with at the time. I ended up spending more time with English-language reference sources, trying…

More tools from the wiki…

Here are some more online resources from the wiki to help in the work of cataloging the pamphlets: Place names Noms des communes sur la révolution – A list of those places where names were changed during the revolution and…

Tools for training, learning, cataloging…

In addition to Cataloger’s Desktop and Classification Web, both from Library of Congress, here some other online tools we’ve identified as potentially useful to Project Cataloging Assistants  as they work on the project: AACR2 abbreviations (Yale) End-of-Field punctuation in MARC…

Wiki-mania

Because the grant was structured in a way that we would be able to hire some students to work part time on the project, we needed to find a way to share information among the various Project Cataloging Assistants that…

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