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How to use Google Books: Student Research


Google Book Search


Google Book Search allows Harvard researchers to search the full text of scanned books (contributed by Harvard, other libraries, and publishers) via the Web, and to read selections or the full text of these digitized texts.

How to Access Google Book Search
Get the full benefits of Google Books by going through the Harvard library portal.

Access to the Harvard version of Google Book Search is provided through the E-Research @ Harvard Libraries site. Users can search Find E-Resources by title (entering Google Book Search in the field provided) or by selecting Google Book Search from the "Quick Jump to selected major resources " drop down menu. You can also bookmark GBS directly using the following URL:

Note: Researchers who connect to Google Book Search without going through a Harvard library web site or using the URL listed above will not have access to the full text materials licensed through Harvard libraries and will not see the Find at Harvard University link on the result screen.

Basic and Advanced Searching
Digging deeper with these useful search tips!

Browsing Results
Deciphering a Google Books' results list.

MyLibrary in Google Book Search
How to create your own virtual library using Google Books.

Downloading and Printing Books
When you want to turn a digital book back into paper.

Linking to a Specific Titles
Creating persistent links to records in Google Books.