I've recently been enjoying carrying out a lot of research for a non-fiction work. Now once upon a time I used to go to the library to do my research. Searching shelves for those elusive books and ordering books from other libraries. That's no longer the case. Over the last few weeks I haven't left my desk but have visited libraries all over the world and found everything I've needed. So in the spirit of sharing I've decided to share my top five online digital libraries. They are in no particular order:
This easy to use online library contains primary and secondary sources for the study of ancient Greece and Rome. Perseus is a non-profit located in the Department of the Classic, Tufts University - Medford, Massachusetts.
A fantastic resource which is provided by the HathiTrust in partnership with a huge number of academic and research institutions. If you're unsure about fair use of anything on the site click here to find out how you can ensure you don't infringe copyright.
A huge library of free ebooks containing a wealth of knowledge. It's easy to use and many of the books I found on there are now part of my Kindle library. If you'd like to support them there is an orange 'donate' button in the left hand side bar.
Unlike those I've previously mentioned this is not free. They're a London-based publisher who specialises in the restoration of old books. For £5.99 per month you can have full access to over 600,000 books (read online or download). If you love the book you can purchase a printed version, which I've done and been pleased with the quality.
When using such libraries be aware some of the content may not be in the public domain, so always check and if needed ensure you mention where the information was obtained from.
If you've discovered any other online libraries please share below and if enough are suggested I thank you now, as I'll use for my next blog post.
Now for a blatant plug:
Saturday, 8 July 2017
Saturday, 24 June 2017
|A book about the friendship between a|
mouse and a hedgehog
|A picture booked aimed at helping|
children to sleep
As I write this post and if you're reading this within a couple of weeks of my pressing the publish button, I'm hand rearing six hoglets. So rather than tell you something about picture books I've decided to do something a little different. I'm going to turn you all into hedgehog geeks, so you'll know exactly what to do to help our dwindling hedgehog population. Quick fact: hedgehog numbers in the 1950s-60s were an estimated 30 million. Today that has plummeted to 1 million (a faster loss than the loss of the world's tigers). So here are a few ways you can help our hogs:
|Just a few days old. For scale|
that's a fifty pence under one of them.
- If you have a pond with steep sides then fit a ramp.
- Keep netting at least 15cm (6") off the ground.
- Leave out food and water. This can be special hedgehog food, tinned cat/dog food (non-fishy flavours) but NEVER bread and milk. To avoid cats eating the food buy or make a feeding station.
- Always check under hedges and in long grass before cutting.
- Pick up elastic bands or hair bands, cut up and put into a bin. These and prickles don't mix well.
- To avoid hedgehogs making a nest in your shed/garage, stable or tack room keep the door closed at all times.
- Do not use slug pellets; find safer alternatives.
- Always check a bonfire before you light it.
- Provide shelter by buying or making a hog home.
- Hedgehogs out during the day are highly likely to need medical help a.s.a.p. so contact British Hedgehog Preservation Society for advice.
- Never treat for fleas; pet flea solutions are lethal to hedgehogs.
- During autumn and winter small hedgehogs (under 600 grams) are too small to hibernate, so need to be rescued.
|First taste of puppy food|
If you've reached this far, thanks for reading and please do share this far and wide. Hedgehogs need as many friends as they can get.
Now for a blatant plug:
My latest collection of short stories featuring Hedgehog is available on Amazon in eBook format and as a paperback.
Hedgehog of Moon Meadow Farm