Google Books

With supplies and funds becoming tighter and tighter, I wanted to let everyone know about an online resource that might help you out.  Google has been making available online a large number of books.  Many of the books are full-text or near full-text.  This service is called Google Books.  Google Books is one of the Google Apps and their goal for this app is to become an online library.  It is very simple to get started using Google Books.  Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open a Web browser and go to books.google.com
  2. From this page you can search for a book you might be using in one of your classes, say The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  3. After you search for the book then a list will appear of all the matching books
  4. You can further limit your search results by changing the drop down menu to show only Full Text books (The default is Limited and Full text)
  5. Once you find the book you want, click on it and it will open in a new Web page
  6. If the book is in Public Domain (books that have not renewed the copyright) can be downloaded for free
  7. If full text preview is available, you can read the entire book
  8. If limited text preview is available, then you can only read certain pages
  9. If no preview is available, only general information about the book will be shown
  10. If you want you can purchase a book from here as well

 

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