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A Writer and Librarian Tries Google Book Search K. G. Schneider 12 -3 -05
Research Needs: Salton Sea • Have searched Web • Have searched value-added databases • Have checked out seven books from local library and skimmed them as fast as possible • …All in service of one long paragraph in a literary essay • … I’m still asking: what is there to know that I don’t know?
Idea! Google Book Search!
Why GBS? • Possibly locate information in books I have sitting on my desk – Quick research need – “Tune in” to appropriate scholarly content • Possibly locate new books – – Books I may want to research Books I may want from a local or remote library Books I may want to buy Online books in the public domain that yield interesting facts about the subject I am researching, or point me to new lines of enquiry, not discoverable through other search methods
Searches • • 1. Salton Sea 2. Salton Sea odor 3. Salton Sink Observations: – Short list (understood: GBS is in development) – Doesn’t retrieve my book list (ditto) – Still, interesting titles (makes the search worthwhile)
Found: An Island Called California
But it’s restricted…
I’m told I can buy it…
But there’s no word of library holdings
Even though UC, who provided the text, has holdings in World. Cat.
Does that seem right to you?