Introduction: Finding the Answer to a Library Patron's Question Regarding a Quote From Fred Allen.
A library patron wants to know:
To whom did Fred Allen write "I have just returned from Boston. It is the only sane thing to do if you find yourself up there."
Step 1: Try Using the Columbia World of Quotations (1996) (online)
The Columbia World of Quotations (1996) is online at http://www.bartleby.com/66. Let's try using this resource by typing in the exact quote. I'll use quotation marks to try to narrow down the results.
Step 2: The Result Looks Promising...
Let's click on it and find out if this will tell us who Fred Allen was writing to.
Step 3: BINGO!!!!
This result gives us the information requested:
"QUOTATION: I have just returned from Boston. It is the only thing to do if you find yourself up there.
ATTRIBUTION: Fred Allen (1894â1957), U.S. radio comic. Letter, June 12, 1953, to comedian Groucho Marx."