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Is mian liom leat ádh mór maith!
I wanted to give a quick mention to World Cat and interlibrary loan just in case any of you are not familiar with it. I just got notified by the Euchee Creek library that two interlibrary loan books I ordered are in and that is what made me think about it.
World Cat is an electronic card catalog that includes most of the public libraries in the country and many from around the world. You can search for books and if you find something that you like, you can request it via interlibrary loan. You cannot get a book (or microfilm) by interlibrary loan if it is catalogued as a reference material. You will be asked to pay for the postage to get the item to your local library. The library will ask you upfront what the max you will pay is. The ones that I just ordered cost me $3. All you do is give the librarian the publication info. They put it into the computer and the computer decides which library it will come from. I just print the page from World Cat and give that to the librarian.
Another thing you use World Cat for is to see if the library that has this book is within driving distance and then you don’t have to order it. You put in your zip code and it will give you a list of libraries that have that book in order of distance. That is how I find books at the Special Collections room at Augusta State University. They have a really nice collection and they are very friendly there. All of their books are catalogued as reference material so I can’t get them on interlibrary loan anyway.
Right now I happen to be researching three brothers that fought in the War of 1812. They enlisted on the same day in the same unit. What is odd is that they were from Mississippi but they joined a Louisiana unit. What is even odder is that one of the brothers was a lieutenant in the Mississippi Militia (pre war) and then resigned and joined the Louisiana unit as a private. I thought the following two books might give me some background information that would help me understand this:
- Rowland, Eron. Mississippi Territory in the War of 1812. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1968.
- Casey, Powell A. Louisiana in the War of 1812. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: privately published, 1963.
I found them on World Cat and ordered them via interlibrary loan.
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