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Google for Researchers

Google Books

Google Books is an electronic index of digitized books and e-books that is separate from Google Scholar. There is not a one-size-fits-all model for what is available on Google Books. There are different levels of access and that depends upon each book in the collection. These levels are:

  • Full text viewing: read the whole book online for free
  • Preview: see some sections in full, others unavailable
  • Snippet view: discover contents by search only

Preview and snippet view both are great alternatives to buying a book if you only need a particular section of the book. In addition, you can Interlibrary Loan a book and use Google Books to supplement your research needs until the book comes into the Library. If you're interested, read about Google Books on Google's official site.