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Using Google Books for research

March 19, 2013

Google Books is controversial in the writing and publishing world, but for the writer it can be a research treasure trove .

Google searches are okay for some types of research, but if you want to dig deeper, try the Google Books site. For example, if you want to research the history of fast food in Canada, just type the words Google Books into Google and once there, type your search terms into the search box–in my example, fast food Canada.

I found a wonderful reference called Creating Postwar Canada, Community, Diversity and Dissent. Chapter 7 is entitled “Selling by the carload: the early years of fast food in Canada.”  I was able to scroll through the chapter.  Next, I wanted to find information on a chain restaurant called the Honey Dew. I redid the search using the terms honey dew ottawa.  This search highlighted information about these restaurants in the same chapter.

Happy digging.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Tim Collins permalink
    October 19, 2013 10:21 am

    Alison, nice to see you are writing, Tim Collins

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