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Google : Using Google and Other Search Engines Effectively: Google Books

Google Books

Allows you to search the full text of scanned books (contributed by many libraries and publishers) and to read selections or the full text of these digitized texts.

If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given Google permission, you'll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If a book is in the public domain, you can download a PDF copy.

You can also buy ebooks from the Google Play Store or use the "Buy this Book" and "Borrow this book" links to determine where you can buy or borrow the print book.

Searching Google Books

1. Search: Enter a subject, book title, or author to search for books and magazines.

2. My Library: Sign in to your Google account to view articles and other results you saved to your library. In your search results, click on the books title, then click "Add to my library" at the top of the page. Organize your library with labels.

3. Search Tools: Click on this to view the tool bar (Any books, Any document, Any time, Sorted by Relevance).

  • Any books: Limit your search to Preview available, Google ebooks, Free Google eBooks.
  • Any document: Limit your search to just Books or Magazines.
  • Any time: Limit by century or a specific date range.
  • Sorted by relevance: Sort by relevance or date.

4. Title of the book

5. Author

6. Preview / Read: Select this option to see a preview or read the book.

Google Books Search Results