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Sewing machine threading diagrams

Website: SewUsa. I found this website while answering a reference question. The patron needed a manual for a used sewing machine she had just bought. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find one for free online or in WorldCat; I could only find them for sale — about $10, various places. SewUsa was one of those … Continue reading »

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Outdoor and Survival Skills for Nature Photographers

Outdoor and Survival Skills for Nature Photographers, by Ralph LaPlant & Amy Sharpe. 2000. The first half of the book has basic technical information for nature photographers: the kind of equipment you might need, where to go to find the animals and plants you might want to shoot, and how to get close to animals … Continue reading »

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How to Avoid Being Killed in a War Zone

How to Avoid Being Killed in a War Zone, by Rosie Garthwaite. 2011. Subtitle: “The essential survival guide for dangerous places.” This is a how-to book for journalists and anyone else heading into a war zone. How to prepare before you get there, how to run your team, how to cope with guns, riots, and … Continue reading »

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Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications

Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications, 3rd ed. 2004. Even if you’re not in software development or technical writing, this one would come in handy if you write the occasional “how-to” handout for staff or the public. It has recommendations for how to phrase instructions to minimize confusion, how to describe menus and buttons, … Continue reading »

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