Google Books contains millions of scanned books, from libraries and publishers worldwide. You can search the entire text of the books, view previews or "snippets" from books that are still in copyright, and read the full text of out-of-copyright (pre-1923) books. Want to read the entire text of an in-copyright book? Use Google Books' Find in a Library link to locate the book in a UC Berkeley library, or search OskiCat to see if UC Berkeley owns the book.
Why use Google Books?
Library catalogs (like OskiCat) don't search inside books; using a library catalog, you can search only information about the book (title, author, Library of Congress subject headings, etc.). Google Books will let you search inside books, which can be very useful for hard-to-find information. Try it now:
Search the UC Libraries' catalogs to find both e-books and books in print.
UCB's e-book collections link to books only online. Each e-book vendor has its own search engine. Most e-book collections are multi-disciplinary. Melvyl also searches the e-book collections.
Gutenberg-ebooks. A collection of electronic books freely accessible on the web.
LawCat searches the catalog of UC Berkeley's Law School.
WorldCat searches books held by libraries all over the United States. UC may or may not own a book. Use UC's excellent Interlibrary Loan service for anything you can't find.
Google Scholar and Google Books also discover titles. Look for the UC-elinks icon to connect back to the UC-wide libraries' collections to see if we own or license it.
ILL. Use UC's excellent Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service for anything you can't find.