Answered By: Jim Shaw
Last Updated: May 06, 2015     Views: 6

The Internet Archive, along with the HathiTrust Digital Library, both offer free access to scanned copies of works in the public domain.  This may also include newer works for which authors, publishers, or other copyright holders have granted permission.

The WorldCat catalog database includes a facility to harvest links to such works and add them to catalog records.  The idea is to increase their visibility and provide convenience to researchers. 

Unfortunately, the algorithm(s) which match the metadata in library catalog records to the metadata at Internet Archive and HathiTrust are not perfect, and sometimes they match incorrectly and link to the wrong work.  Errors are more likely to occur when titles are the same or very similar, but (as you found) they can also glitch in seemingly incomprehensible ways.

Sometimes I can reverse engineer the matching and see how the algorithms glitched.  This case is pretty mysterious, and I do not know why the match went haywire.

In any event, Criss Library does not own or have electronic access to Cavalier: A Tale of Chivalry, Passion, and Great Houses.  You may submit a request to borrow a copy via Interlibrary Loan.  Click this link to the WorldCat record for the printed book:

http://unomaha.worldcat.org/oclc/255610703

and then click the grey bar to Request through Interlibrary Loan.

James Shaw, Government Documents Librarian, Criss Library, UNO; jshaw@unomaha.edu

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