Is there a limit on the number of items you can request from ILLiad?
I hope not.
My list for ILLiad books is getting very long and it is all due to our assignment to explore databases for secondary source literature. I explored WorldCat, Center for Research Libraries, ABI/INFORM Global and Jstor. While I will have to explore these data bases more thoroughly and with different search terms as well as explore others, I have a good start and as much as I can handle at the moment.
As I write this, 31 reels of microfilm await me at the library loaned through the Center for Research Libraries. (Dr. Schneider helped me with this.) I have 22 books or dissertation requests lined up on ILLiad. Two are in Korean on subjects I am very interested in, but translation will be a challenge and will need to center on the most important passages for my research. I also have a number of articles downloaded from the ABI/INFORM search.
After I read our readings for this week, I found the searching to be relatively easy and as I’ve said, very fruitful. What surprised me was the number of dissertations available for loan in my area of interest. As for the way I am thinking about my project, it seems to always be in flux as thoughts, ideas from instructors and data base searches all inform my thinking.
Some of my thoughts though, are not particularly about my topic, per se…
As I sit here looking back over this post, I’m just wondering, am I about to wallow in a sea of too much “stuff” or is this just the normal panic mentioned in Kate Turabian’s book????….????
How is everyone else coming along????
A postscript: I should have read Sara’s entry before entering the world of data bases. 🙂