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Using Google for Research
Guide to advanced search features in Google, Google Scholar, and Google Books.
Google Books is a full-text searchable collection of millions of books. The books in Google Books come primarily from publishers and libraries (including libraries at Harvard, Oxford, the New York Public Library, the University of California, the University of Michigan, and Stanford).
Google Books provides varying levels of access to the full-text of each book: Full, Limited, Snippet, and No Preview. The "About Google Books" page explains more about each level of access. Even when the entire book isn't available online through Google Books, NYU Libraries may have it in print, or may even have access to an online copy.
Why use Google Books?
Google Books is different from library catalogs like BobCat or Worldcat, in that it lets you search inside the text of the book. Library catalogs like BobCat and Worldcat are limited to searching only title, author, subject heading and other specific and limited information about a book.
1. Do a search in Google Books, then click on a result, and click on "Find in a library" in the left sidebar (or "Get this book in print" then "Find in a library"). Then, skip to step 3 in the "New Google Books interface" section below.
New Google Books interface
1. Do a search in Google Books, then click on a result, and click the tab that says, "Get the book"
2. In the "Borrow" section toward the bottom of the page, there may be some libraries listed, but NYU Libraries probably won't be one of them. Instead, click "Search Worldcat"
3. In the book's WorldCat record, locate the "Find a copy in the library" section, toward the bottom of the page. If "New York University" appears there, clicking on it will take you to the catalog record in BobCat, and show how you can get a copy of the book. If "New York University" is missing from the list, you can try entering the Bobst Library zipcode (10012) and searching again or contacting Ask a Librarian for help.