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Seeker: Understanding Widgets: Google Books

Google Books



Google Books began as a research project by two computer science graduate students, Sergey Brin and Larry Page. There goal was to build a digital library. They built a web crawler that would search the web for all the digitized books across the planet and make them available. Today, Google Books works with universities, libraries and publishers to provide these electronic books while at the same time respecting the copyright of intellectual property.

Using Google Books

Begin a search in Seeker. 

  • With a keyword search, your results will be books with content that contains matches for your search terms. Though keywords are useful for discovering related information, the best results are obtained when searching for a particular book or author. 
  • Click on the Google Books logo.
  • If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given permission, you'll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text.
  • If it's in the public domain, you're free to download a PDF copy. 
  • If the full-text is not available, Google Books provides links to booksellers where the book can be purchased as well as a link to WordCat to check for library access.

More info on using Google Books.