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What will I have access to in Google Books?

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  FULL-TEXT SEARCHING

Google Books is, above all, a search tool. The idea behind this project was to scan books from cover to cover so that they could be searched and users could identify those books they needed to either purchase or borrow from a library. 

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  SOME FULL-TEXT CONTENT

Some books in Google Books are freely available to read and, in some cases, download because they are in the public domain (or out of copyright).

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  PREVIEWS

Even if you can't get the full-text of a book online via Google Books, you can use a Preview of a book to evaluate some of the book's content. This can help you to make a preliminary determination as to whether or not a book is relevant to your research.

I like to use Google Book Previews to take a sneak peek at books that I find in the Library Catalog or on WorldCat. Usually I can at least see a table of contents and a couple of pages of the chapters I think are relevant, and in some cases, pages of the bibliography are available.

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  FREE SEARCHING

Google Books' search interface is freely available to any with an internet connection. The content may not be free, or complete, or even available for purchase, but at the very least, you can walk away with some bibliographic information and be on your way to finding an item, either in print or online.