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Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information before the Modern Age
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Recommended with those caveats.
P.S., One particular thing that I found surprising - I mention this because I was expecting it from early on - it seemed to be signposted, but it never appeared - is that while Prof. Blair discusses attempts to track the use of reference books in early scholarly work, she is fairly pessimistic about how possible this is. I immediately thought of Jean Seznec's 'the survival of the pagan gods', which has some lovely and to me very striking work on tracking the use of reference books over time. If you plan on reading 'too much to know', then it would be worth taking a look there too (or maybe Prof. Blair thinks Seznec is misguided, but she does not take time out to dismiss him - he is not in the bibliography).
In addition, the author, instead of using an accepted citation style, such as MLA or APA, has chosen to invent her own cryptic citation format.
I am enjoying the book so far. But I am wondering how much I am missing; how much the author chose to leave out. What a shame.
Colby Glass, Professor Emeritus
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