Google Books Exercise, Level I


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The fastest and most comprehensive way of finding a variety of resources on the Web is using search engines, tools that allow you to look for occurrences of character strings (representing words, terms, expressions, etc.) in Web documents. Some search engines even allow you to target specific types of documents on the Web, to help you find exactly what you are looking for quickly and easily. Google offers a number of these functions; one of these that is particularly useful for research purposes is Google Books.



I. Introduction


Google Books allows you to search the Web for books specifically. Through Google Books, you can read books that are out of copyright and in public domain, get bibliographical information, and view previews or snippets of books.

These are far from the only search options that Google offers. You can find out much more about Google tools by exploring the home page and the more > even more links that appear at the top of the page. For more basic information about Google and its other functions, consult other Google tutorials listed at the top of the page. 


II. To search Google Books

  1. Open the Web browser of your choice (e.g. Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer) by double-clicking on the icon on your desktop, or from the Start menu.
  2. Type the address of the Google Web main page (www.google.com) into the browser’s address bar and press the Enter key, or click the link.
  3. Access the Google Books homepage (http://books.google.com) by clicking the More > Books link that appears at the top of the Google home page. The interface is similar to the Web search interface.
  4. The main Google Books page includes a search field, topic links and thumbnails of numerous books. Browse the Fiction > Literature section.
    1. Click on a few of the books. How much of these books’ content is available online?
    2. What does the sidebar at the right-hand side of the screen allow you to see and do?
  5. Click on the About this book tab at the top left.
    1. What kind of information do you find here?
    2. How does this compare to a library catalogue? (If you wish, you can use the ORBIS Library Catalogue, Level I exercises to compare.)
  6. Search for books about translation by entering translation in the search field and pressing the Search Books button.
    1. What kinds of books are included in the results?
    2. How much of each of these books can you read online?
  7. Click on the Advanced Books Search link next to the Search Books button.
    1. Look at the advanced search features. How do these compare to and differ from the features of the other Google advanced searches you have seen?
    2. Enter translation in the with all of the words field.
    3. Enter University of Ottawa Press in the Publisher field and press the Google Search button at the top of the window.
    4. How many results are found?
    5. When might you use this search?
    6. Enter 2000 and 2007 in the Publication Date fields and repeat the search. Have your results been affected?
For more information on using Google Books, visit Google's help pages (http://books.google.ca/intl/en/googlebooks/about.html).


III. Questions for reflection

  • Google is not the only search engine available. Some other search engines are: Yahoo! (www.yahoo.com), Ask (www.ask.com) and Alta Vista (www.altavista.com). Take a look at one or all of these other search engines. Do these search engines offer similar search options? 


Tutorial updated by the CERTT Team. (2008-06-24)