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Advanced Googling: Google Books

How to use Google most effectively (we know you are going to use it, so learn to use it well!)

Searching Google Books

To access Google Books with the USA Marx Library preferences already chosen, go to "Internet Search Engines" on the Marx Library homepage, then choose "Google Books" or click here.

Finding books with Google Books is very much like doing a regular Google search. You can search using all of the regular advanced search options (listed under the Advanced Googling tab). 

Sample search: phrase search ["no child left behind"]

Sample search: ["organic farming" -corn]


To access a books record, click on the title. 


Click on a book title and you'll see basic info about the book much like you would see in a library catalog. You might also see a few snippets — sentences of your search term in context.

If the publisher or author of the book has given Google permission, you'll see a full page and be able to browse within the book to see more pages. If the book is out of copyright, you'll see a full page and you can page forward or back to see the full book.

Clicking on "Search within this book" allows you to perform more searches within the book you've selected.



To find out whether the USA Library owns this book title, click "Find in a library" (fig. 1). You will be taken to a screen in WorldCat, where to find if USA Library owns the book, you will need to click "Search the catalog at the University of South Alabama Libraries" (fig. 2).  If the USA library does own the book, you will taken to the record in SOUTHcat (fig. 3)

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If the USA Library does not own the book, you may request it through InterLibrary Loan, by clicking "Click Here for ILL."


Google Books Advanced Search Screen

You can also construct a search in Google Books using the Advanced Search feature.  In order to access the Advanced Search screen, you must first conduct a simple search in the basic search screen, then once the search has been conducted and results are displayed, choose "Advanced Search."

The Advanced Search allows you to combine several advanced searching strategies.

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