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Google Book Search

Search the full-text of scanned books (contributed by The New York Public Library, as well as other libraries and publishers) and read selections of digitized texts. Full-text and downloads available for items with no copyright restrictions. 

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Google Book Search searches the full-text of books in its inventory. This is different from library catalogs, such as the Library Catalog and LEO, which are limited to searching only title, author, subject heading and other brief information about a book. Once you do a full-text search, there are varying levels of access to the books: Full, Limited, Snippet, and No Preview. Full view: If it has been determined that a book is out of copyright (pre-1923), or the publisher or rightsholder has given Google permission, you'll be able to page through the entire book from start to finish, as many times as you like. If the book is in the public domain, you'll also be able download, save and print a PDF version. Limited preview: If a publisher or author has joined Google