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March 19, 2012

Researchers Notebook Blog No Longer Active

Filed under: Blog Information — @ 2:58 pm

The Researchers Notebook Blog is no longer active. For information on research at the Minnesota Historical Society Library, see  Several of the links shown there will not work outside the library, including the paid subscription sites like, Digital Sanborn Maps, and Historic Minneapolis Tribune.  The other links work from anywhere and can be very useful.

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May 20, 2008

New Books in the MHS Library

Filed under: Blog Information — @ 9:36 am

The Researchers Notebook blog has a new component: new books recently added to the Minnesota Historical Society Library.

Using a widget from LibraryThing, a rotating list of eight random new books now appears in the blue area on the right-hand side of the blog (scroll down below where you login or register). The list is selected monthly by librarian Hamp Smith. Being a selection, however, the list does not include all of that month’s new books.

If you’re visiting the Library, the books on the list are on the top of the bookcases along the back wall (near the Betsy-Tacy poster, above where the Es begin), so you may look at anything that you find of interest.

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February 15, 2008

Using the Blog

Filed under: Blog Information — @ 9:05 am

The following user guide will help you get more out of your blogging experience.

Creating a New Account

You do not have to register to add a comment; however by registering, your comments — after your first comment — will appear directly without waiting for approval.

  • To create an account scroll down to the “Logi n or Register” section in the right-hand menu and select “Register.”
  • On the next screen enter a username and an e-mail address, then click “Register”
  • Go to your email inbox and retrieve the automatically-generated password.
  • To log in, go back to the Researchers Notebook and enter your username and password on the Login page, then click “Login.”
  • You should be forwarded to a Profile and Personal Options page. There you can add your real name, personal or organization’s web site address, Instant Message ID, biographical information, and, most important, change your password.
  • Note: If you forget your password, the website gives you the option of having it sent to your e-mail address so you can retrieve it.
  • The page also gives you the option of selecting what public profile name you wish to appear with your comments. Be aware that you first have to add your First/Last Name and Nickname and save the profile before you will be able to select them to use as your public profile name.

Leaving a Comment

  • You now have the option of not only commenting on the post, but also commenting on other persons’ comments.
  • You have the option of being notified of follow-up comments via e-mail.


In addition to several anti-spam features, the blog is protected by the service, “reCaptcha”.

  • Before anyone can leave a comment, they have to verify they are human (as opposed to a spambot) by entering the two words — with the space — as shown to them.
  • The service also provides an audio-verification method for those unable to see the words.
  • If the words are unreadable you can click the refresh/recycle symbol to get a new verification challenge.
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February 14, 2008

Welcome to the Researchers Notebook!

Filed under: Blog Information — @ 4:39 pm

Welcome to a forum for historical researchers at work on topics in Minnesota and Midwestern history. Blog posts might include announcements of upcoming meetings, conferences, or seminars; discussions of historical topics; reviews of websites; continuation of discussions begun at the monthly researcher meetings held at the Minnesota Historical Society, and similar things.

Feel free to join the discussions by commenting on the posts. Bookmark the Researchers Notebook and check for new posts, or register to be notified when new comments are posted.

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