Let me begin by saying today marks one year since I published my first item on this (and any) blog. Although I haven't posted regularly, I intend to keep adding entries as I have time and ideas.
What I want to post today is a tip that's really an obvious thing to do, but something I didn't do before purchasing some books in the past. If you're looking for a book on a certain topic or if you come across a book on a certain topic that's for sale, first you might want to check to see if it has been scanned and available in a digital format for free. This gives you a chance to view it and then decide if you want to purchase it or not. If you know the title of the book, you can "Google it" or do a search by typing the title in quotes. You don't have to know the title of the book; you can search for a surname or word.
Here are a few FREE sites I've used to search for books online. No doubt there are some free sites I have overlooked and there are some that require a fee.
online and it's indexed. He also has a Hearne Research Blog and a wealth of information posted.