OED Access question

RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Thu Nov 26 03:01:24 UTC 2009

Thanks, Jesse. The problem with Interlibrary loan is that they generally
will send only a copy of the newspaper article, and to do that they need to be
told what pages it occurs on. Headline and author are helpful, but (you are
right) they are not necessary if I can tell them exactly what pages I need
to see. The problem is that I don't know what "1977 ... May 33/2" means. Is
"33" the issue number and "2" the page number? If so, does the article
continue onto other pages (I'd like the full article)? Or is "33" the page number
and "2" the column number?

If there is simply one hardbound volume somewhere for 1977, then they might
send me the whole volume (I've asked for that; heard nothing so far). But
the records seem to indicate that most libraries only have this series in
microfiche, not bound volumes.

In a message dated 11/25/09 8:15:16 PM, jester at PANIX.COM writes:

> On Sat, Nov 21, 2009 at 04:19:29PM -0500, RonButters at AOL.COM wrote:
> > Under "retrofit v." in the online OED I find the following example:
> >
> > 1977 Blair & Ketchum's Country Jrnl. (Brattleboro, Vermont)
> > May 33/2 The Mount Washington hung on by virtue of its convention
> > facilities, its retrofitted bathrooms and sprinkler system.
> >
> > How can I find the author and title for the specific article that is
> > referenced? I would like to see the actual article, and Google tells me
> that
> > microfiche exists in the Austin Public Library. But I need the name of
> the
> > article and author if I am to get a copy of the entire article through
> my
> > university interlibrary loan, it seems.
> Getting back to this late, I wanted to say that we don't have
> any way to recover this information--it's an OED2 quote, which
> means it would have been sent in on paper, so we can't check
> further. In passing, this quotation won't be appearing in the
> revised entry when it appears.
> I'm rather surprised that you'd need to get the author and
> title of a newspaper article in order to get it through ILL, I
> must say.
> Jesse Sheidlower
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