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Mike Everhart has asked me to pass this message on to the DML. DV
Many of you may know about this already, but I thought I would share
something about Google Books that is new to me....
Clicking on this URL will get you to the Google Books site....
Lots of books... and a ton of LIFE magazines to browse through... (a fun
way to waste some time).
.... but did you know that you can also look at digitized copies of dozens
of scientific journals? .... and go back to Volume 1 of the American
Journal of Science, The American Naturalist, Science, Quarterly Journal of the
Geological Society of London, etc?..... That's way back.... to the early
1800s and beyond in some cases.... My oldest download to date is:
Camper, P. 1786. Conjectures relative to the petrifications found in St.
Peters Mountain near Maastricht. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal
Society London. 76:443-456, pls. 15-16.
If you are looking for an old article, just input the name of the
journal.... after it pops up, usually at the top of the column, select "Full
only" at the left side of the screen, then click on "More editions" under
the journal title....
You should be able to go back to the volume / year that you want using the
Google "next" feature at the bottom of the page.
Once you've found the volume, you can either go to index, or the page
number of the article..... In many cases, in the index the article titles in
blue are linked to the article
Of course, you can read it online if you want, or download the whole
volume as a pdf, but if you want to just save a copy of the paper, use the
"Clip" function at the top right side of the screen...
Highlight the page you want to copy, and a small box will be superimposed
on the page.... If you copy the URL for the IMAGE, you should get something
that looks like this:
... you can paste it into your browser, click on it, and then see a .png
image file of the page that you can save.....
The png files (some figures are .jpgs) can be pasted into a program like
Adobe InDesign (or PageMaker) to create a pdf...... The pdfs are usually
fairly small in size.
.... Sounds a bit complicated at first, but the process is really easy
once you get into it... I've created more than a hundred pdfs regarding the
paleontology work done in Kansas and elsewhere during the 1800s....
Note that tracking down some older articles can be something like solving
a puzzle.... Papers are often cited by the date that they were presented
orally, not by the date that the journal was actually published.
Adjunct Curator of Paleontology
Sternberg Museum of Natural History
Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS