One thing that I noticed was glaringly missing from my class session today with the reference librarian was the usage of Google books. The librarian skillfully guided us through all the different databases and how to use the school’s library page. (one history student didn’t know what Worldcat was!) Being a history major, we are taught time and again how to research and find sources for papers. There’s endless databases that schools subscribe too (jstor, Project Muse). But a good place to find primary sources is Google books or to weed out the other stuff when using Google search is Google scholar.
Recently, while researching for a paper, I came across more than just books. There are also archived magazines and other publications that go beyond what can be found in the archives for their website. I found this article in a April 1928 issue of Popular Mechanics. It was speculating about inventions of the future. They predicted that houses will be built almost entirely out of rubber and in 50 years, the milk bottle will be obsolete.