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Humanities Research Librarian

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John Glover
(804) 828-6555
Cabell Library, Room 121F

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Google Books

Google Books provides full-text access to many books in the public domain or out of copyright, and partial access to others.

Google Book Search

When Should I Use Google Books?

  • If you have a partial or suspect citation that you want to identify
    • Google Books accepts all content and finds the best match for it
  • If you want quick, easy access to out-of-copyright books or serials
    • Google Books contains millions of works published since the invention of the printing press
  • If you want to search the full text of a book
    • Google Books allows users to search the full text of digitized books, returning either partial or "snippet" views of the content where search terms appear