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"Scholaticat" [decorative capital S ] - thought to be the earliest known representation of Scholasticat from the apocryphal Vita Sancti Finnei Radii (Life of St. Finneus the Radiant), as mentioned in the apocryphal Liber Canis Parvi Caerulei [Book of the Little Blue Dog]. Collectively, these two lost books are known as the "Blarney Manuscripts."
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The Oxford English Dictionary is definitive history of the English language. The multi-volume print set will not longer be published, with all updates now occurring in the online version.
Getting started with books
The printed book created the modern world. For your research, they provide you with the depth to explore a topic at length - neither the overview of an encyclopedia nor the tight focus of a journal article.
Borrowing books from other libraries
People still speak of the Internet "freeing" information. But not everything a futurist dreams comes to fruition. Copyright law restricts the lending of ebooks. However, libraries have hundreds of years of history of lending printed books, and we still do it today. As a CSS student you have access to almost every library in the state. If you can give us a week, we can open the door for you to over 5 million printed books.
Search the collections of over 60 academic & public libraries. Use the "request item" link to have book delivered to our Library for pick-up.
Search the combined collections of the libraries of 14 countries. Because of the national & international scope of this collection, our ability to borrow titles for you may have restrictions. Use our Interlibrary Loan form to request a title.
British Literary Manuscripts
Facsimile images of literary manuscripts dating from medieval times to 1900.
Early English Books Online
A digital repository of all printed books published in the United Kingdom from 1473, when Wm. Caxton published the Recuyell of the Histories of Troy, till the year 1700.
EEBO is one of the earlier digital projects, so the images were not scanned with OCR (optical character recognition) software. This means that you cannot keyword search the text as you can with many of the current digital archives. And the interface is clunky to use. However, EEBO is still a magnificent treasure trove of early printed books.
Books in the public domain
As a rule, any book published before the 1920s is not protected by copyright and has moved into the public domain. Various entities have developed projects to digitize these books.
For books under copyright, Google has made sections available for preview. Remember, good scholars might want to actually look at the entire book for a paper. Use the library catalogs listed above, and InterLibrary Loan if need be, to acquire a copy of the book.
Digitized books & magazines.
HathiTrust Digital Library
HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
Other local libraries
Duluth Public Library
Homepage of the Duluth Public Library - a best bet for local history & pleasure reading.
University of Minnesota Duluth
The other academic library. CSS students may use the UMD library after obtaining a special borrower's card (no cost). Remember, CSS students - don't assume UMD has something we do not have because it's "bigger." Start with the CSS Library.