Tools and Links for getting the most out of this site.
The Eighteenth-Century Book Tracker bookmarklet is a tool for integrating Eighteenth-Century Book Tracker into your everyday browsing and searching of Google Books and the Internet Archive. Although both those sites offer bibliographical information about the texts they display, that information isnt always complete, and its not always accurate. You can use the bookmarklet to query Eighteenth-Century Book Tracker in search of better information about the text youve found.
While viewing a volume at Google Books or the Internet Archive, click on the Eighteenth-Century Book Tracker bookmarklet to open Eighteenth-Century Book Tracker in a new browser window. If the volume youre viewing has been identified in the sites database, youll get a quick positive identification with accurate information about the edition youre looking at. If youd like, you can then go right to the entry for that edition at Eighteenth-Century Book tracker—its an especially handy way of getting quick access to other volumes of multi-volume works.
Of course, not every volume youll find at Google Books or the Internet Archive will have been added to this sites database. (Were running, um, just a few million volumes behind at the moment, but are determined to catch up—and you can help!) If the site doesnt have any information about the volume youve found, youll get an option to add the volume to the sites database, which you can do in as little as two clicks: the bookmarklet pulls in metadata from the record you were viewing, and uses that metadata to pre-populate a link submission form. If you like, you can add a bit more information about the volume, including: a volume number and title (where needed), the name of the holding library at which the volume was scanned, the volumes shelfmark, and any relevant copy notes (Extensive MS annotations, Page 17 is illegible, etc.). Scroll down to the bottom of the form, click Save, and you're done. If you dont have time or inclination to add that extra information, you can submit the link with just the metadata gathered by the bookmarklet.
Registered users of the site can also use the bookmarklet to create new bibliographical records based on entries at the English Short Title Catalogue. If youve used the ESTC to identify a text, but find that there isnt yet a bibliographical record for that edition in the sites database, you can click on the Eighteenth-Century Book Tracker bookmarklet to create a new record—the bookmarklet will detect whether the ESTC record was for a book or a periodical, and will create the correct type of entry. You can then match the copy record for the volume you were examining to the newly-created bibliographical record.
To start using the Eighteenth-Century Book Tracker bookmarklet, just drag this link: C18 BookTracker to the bookmarks bar in your web browser. This bookmarklet has been tested in Firefox, Safari, and Chrome for Mac OS X, and should definitely work in the same browsers for Windows. You may need to turn off pop-up blocking in some browsers for the bookmarklet to work properly. I'm doing my best to add support for Internet Explorer, and hope to have that sorted out before too long. In the mean time, Windows users might want to try out Firefox or Chrome.
If you're a registered user of the site and decide to try your hand at identifying links other people have submitted to the site, here are some sites to help you find the information you need:
The following is a partial list of libraries that have partnered with Google Books and the Internet Archive. Each link will take you to that librarys online catalogue, which can come in handy for ascertaining shelfmarks (call numbers) for scanned volumes.