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Three Books on Anchor Point (Alaska)

This week our “Three Books on …” series takes us to the community of Anchor Point. Here is a description of Anchor Point’s location and climate from the Alaska Communities Database:

Anchor Point is located on the Kenai Peninsula at the junction of the Anchor River and its north fork, 14 miles northwest of Homer. It lies at mile 156 of the Sterling Highway. The community lies at approximately 59.776670° North Latitude and -151.831390° West Longitude. (Sec. 04, T005S, R015W, Seward Meridian.) Anchor Point is located in the Homer Recording District. January temperatures range from 4 to 22 degrees Fahrenheit. July temperatures range from 46 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Average annual precipitation is 20 inches.

Looking through WorldCat, we find these three books with Anchor Point as a subject, among others:

Reger, R. D., and William A. Petrik. 1993. Surficial geology and late Pleistocene history of the Anchor Point area, Alaska. Fairbanks, Alaska (794 University Ave., Suite 200, Fairbanks 99709-3645): Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys.

Alaska. 1988. Anchor Point groundwater contamination investigation: final report. [Juneau]: The Division.

United States. 1955. Providing preference right to certain land in Alaska to Carl E. Robinson of Anchor Point, Alaska: report to accompany H.R. 905. Washington: Govt. Print. Off.].

This week’s foray into WorldCat is interesting not just for the books on Anchor Point, but as a demonstration of the limits of keyword searching. In preparing this week’s entry, I went into WorldCat and typed in su:”Anchor Point.” This pulled up any record with the phrase “Anchor Point” in at least one of the subject fields. Along with the books that indicated “Anchor Point”, Alaska as one of their subjects, I also pulled up a book mentioning “Anchor Point” Newfoundland, Canada and several computer science articles dealing with IP addressing. Go do the search yourself and see what I mean. It gets worse if you just do “anchor point” as a general search in WorldCat. You get 434 records, among them are several journals named Anchor Point and books on greeting cards.

Join us next week as our trek through WorldCat takes us to Anchorage.

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