Sunday, December 05, 2004

scotsman archive

You can search The Scotsman Digital Archive for free, but have to pay if you want to read beyond the old bold exclamatory headline.
(via bifurcated rivets)

You can also read the first edition of 25th January 1817 on line. I generally head to the Miscellaneous section of this genre, and was not disappointed to find items such as these entitled Singular Occurrence - Extraordinary Attachment - An Impudent Robber- and Parisian Modes ("Some riding coats of blue-cloth have three rows in front of small yellow buttons")

from Singular Occurrence
He then went into a long account of a quarrel which took place between Friday and his wife, on Wednesday…
The jury again met accordingly on the 10th instant, when the constables reported they had not been able to find Friday, but that they had found his wife alive and hearty...

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Comments: scotsman archive

If you dont have the curse of Ubersportingpundit, you can comment through the comment link too. :)

I dont know what is going on. Try it again.
Posted by Scott Wickstein at December 5, 2004 07:52 PM

Still Forbidden by the Server at the Comments Box.

Maybe there was too great a delivery of Spam for the doorstaff to handle?
Posted by boynton at December 5, 2004 08:04 PM

No, if that was the case I wouldnt be able to access it. Try flushing your cache?
Posted by Scott Wickstein at December 5, 2004 08:33 PM

Flushing your cache?

Don't do it yourself. Always call THE MAN in.
Posted by Tony.T at December 6, 2004 02:59 PM

As in the Scot's Man? Or is Scott the MAN?

It does all sound rather technical.
Although as a directive, 'flushing your cache' also sounds rather slurred. ;)
Posted by boynton at December 6, 2004 04:09 PM

Here's my pitiful technical search technique:

when those naughty flirts of newspapers show you the first para and demand money for the rest.. pick a distinctive collection of words - which may make no sense at all - and google them.

Hey presto - someone else may have purloined it already, or at least put up a link. Armed with that, most rags will let you have that article, but usually not move sideways into the stacks. (Tho its worth a try cos some will...)

Another part of this, btw, is for bloggers to lift whole articles and not just links. Put them under the fold. I allus think it feels presumptuous, but you are doing other researchers a favour.

And/or use furl. Google to find out what that is. Just make sure you keep your pickings public. Mind you, furl may not be stable either.
Posted by David Tiley at December 6, 2004 04:42 PM

Thanks David, some good tips there. If looking for something specific I often google it. Often works with the Age.
In regards to the Scotsman, I didn't include this info "Search every edition of The Scotsman between 1817 and 1900 in our unique online archive." It's more of an historical resource than your standard members-only deal? Wish it was available free - very tantalising to read some of those old headlines and not get to the story. Certainly hope that bloggers attached to institutions could post such artcles in full - if it's not in breach of some copyright?

Furl looks good too. The Public archive (most viewed) is a bit like
Found this
Posted by boynton at December 6, 2004 05:07 PM

Aha! I just made a small discovery, Scott.

The pop-ups work as normal in Firefox.

Do not work in IE...
Posted by boynton at December 7, 2004 01:06 AM

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