You’ve probably heard of Google Books. It is the “More” bar of your Google Drive Black Bar. If you’re like me, you probably only think of it as somewhere to go to but an electronic version of a book, and then once you do, you’re not really sure how to go about reading it comfortably.
Well, my friends, I’ve just learned it is SOOO much more than that. I attended Mark Wagner’s Search for Educator class at the California GAFE Summit this weekend and he put many Google Apps into a new perspective for me, i.e. more posts to come.
HOWEVER, if you search for a term or phrase, books will show you the page the term was found on and allow you to view any other pages the term was found on as well. If your student is doing a paper on the green light, search for the book/topic and the specific search term they need to find to get relevant texts.
You have two options:
Students in my school have a fairly large literary criticism research essay they have to write during their junior year of high school. Each year, the junior English teachers have a cart reserved in the library with literary criticism books in the library on it. Students find books and spend time finding the information they need in them.
With Google Books, students don’t have to spend time flipping through books and they aren’t limited to the few books our library holds. Most of the time, they’ll find the information they need on the page excerpts they find right in Google Books, if they need more, they now have the ability to find what they need near them.
Check it out!! It might just transform your research project for the better.