Google Books makes your research faster, easier, and more focused. In my Professional Communications class, my team is working on a research project about how to effectively influence team members as a project manager. In order to complete this task, I’ve been required to get article and book references. I hate using the traditional library to find books in research projects, even though BYU’s library was rated number one in the nation a couple of years ago. Library research is slow, hard to figure out, and difficult to narrow. How can I make my research more effective? By using Google Books.
Google Books helps by making research faster, easier, and more focused.
Google Books helps you find your resources faster than traditional library research. It enables users to search entire contents of thousands of books, and gives very relevant results. Researchers save lots of time because they can read the contents of the book without having to walk the shelves of physical books trying to locate a book with some cryptic addressing scheme.
Google Books makes finding resources easier than the libraries. Every time I walk into a new library, I have to learn how to use a new library search system. For example, BYU has a gigantic resource of scholarly articles and books, but selecting the right database of resources and performing a search with the right operators can be very difficult. I usually spend an hour re-familiarizing myself with how to use their library search.
Google Books offers an interface that is familiar to most Internet users. The process is simple. Type what you are searching for, click on a relevant result, and read the book. Currently, you can’t read the whole contents of a copyrighted book. However, you can perform additional searches within the book which brings me to my next point.
Google Books helps users make their research more focused. Because users cannot read the book from cover to cover, they are forced to search within the book for information that is specifically relevant to their research. This helps the research remain more focused. Instead of browsing through the book, researchers are immediately taken to content that is relevant to their research. They can still browse through a few pages before and after the search result to put the information in context.