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Internet vs Books vs Archives - Mark Knowles - 14-10-2021

I have noticed that time and again images are posted on this forum that have been found on the internet especially from digitised manuscripts. However only a small part of what is out there is to be found online, although it is impressive what is to be found online. (I think I remember Nick Pelling observing the limitations of online resources.) Nevertheless it seems that books or archives are rarely if ever consulted by Voynich researchers. I wonder if Voynich researchers should cast their net wider or otherwise they could find themselves waiting a long time until documents are digitised. I remember posting not so long ago about archives with no response, it is as though primary resources are considered irrelevant. I understand there is more effort and maybe more cost required when drawing from books or archives as googling is a much simpler more convenient way of researching. It feels like Voynich researchers need to reassess their approach to research.


RE: Internet vs Books vs Archives - bi3mw - 14-10-2021

I can only speak of myself. In addition to digitized manuscripts, I also refer to database entries and books (often "Google Books"). Which resources I refer to depends partly on the topic, but partly also simply on where further information or evidence can be found. I would not say that there is a preference for certain sources from the beginning.


RE: Internet vs Books vs Archives - Mark Knowles - 14-10-2021

(14-10-2021, 05:26 PM)bi3mw Wrote: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.I can only speak of myself. In addition to digitized manuscripts, I also refer to database entries and books (often "Google Books"). Which resources I refer to depends partly on the topic, but partly also simply on where further information or evidence can be found. I would not say that there is a preference for certain sources from the beginning.

Do you look at books/journals at the library which are not available online on Google Books or other online resources? Many old books and journals are unfortunately not available anywhere online.

Do you contact or visit archives?

These are what I was referring to.


RE: Internet vs Books vs Archives - bi3mw - 14-10-2021

(14-10-2021, 05:29 PM)Mark Knowles Wrote: You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login to view.Do you look at books/journals at the library which are not available online on Google Books or other online resources? Many old books and journals are unfortunately not available anywhere online.
Yes, mostly by ordering copies from the local university library ( partly via interlibrary loan ). This is mainly for books and essays.


RE: Internet vs Books vs Archives - davidjackson - 15-10-2021

Can't speak for anybody else, but I'm in the back of beyond and have zero access to any of these resources unless I travel.