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Folger Tooltips: Hamnet access to e-books, part one

Greetings Dear Readers!

Today’s tooltip introduces new e-book resources we are in the process of rolling out through Hamnet, including:

This post will provide details about how to identify e-book records when you run across them, and how to exclude such records from your searches for vault materials. Future posts will provide more detail about these e-book resources and how you might best make use of them in your on-site research here at the Folger. 1 

  1. As with all Folger subscription resources, these are currently only available to onsite Readers working in Folger Reading Rooms or other properties; we hope to have remote proxy access available to many of our journal subscription and subscription databases later this calendar year.
  2. Note that in cases where we own a physical copy shelved in Open Stacks, two records will appear in Hamnet: one for the physical copy, and one for the e-copy.
  3. As we begin loading records for the EEBO Wing and Thomason Tract collections you’ll see microfilm holdings for those titles described on electronic resource records as well rather than on records for Folger vault copies. And of course, the Folger continues to work on digitizing its own collections; we will continue to link to our own digital and microfilm surrogates from records describing our own source items. See for instance this record for a microfilmed, and also recently-digitized, bound manuscript: V.a.321, Letterbook, ca. 1582-ca. 1615 [manuscript], ca. 1615.
  4. You’ll begin to see more records like this in the coming weeks, linking to both page images and full-text as available.
  5. Note that this won’t work in all cases: can’t limit a browse search, for instance, or name or call no. searches. But any search type on the Hamnet Basic Search page with an asterisk is eligible, as well as any search on the Hamnet Advanced Search page.

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