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A Writer and Librarian Tries Google Book Search K. G. Schneider 12 -3 -05 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 • 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! Idea! Google Book Search!

Why GBS? • Possibly locate information in books I have sitting on my desk 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: 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 Found: An Island Called California

But it’s restricted… But it’s restricted…

I’m told I can buy it… I’m told I can buy it…

But there’s no word of library holdings But there’s no word of library holdings

Even though UC, who provided the text, has holdings in World. Cat. Even though UC, who provided the text, has holdings in World. Cat.

Does that seem right to you? Does that seem right to you?