Google Books and academic research
I’m finding Google Books to be an unexpectedly powerful research tool as I prepare the introduction to the forthcoming edited volume Bräuchler, B. and J. Postill (eds) Theorising Media and Practice. Oxford and New York: Berghahn. Part of the intro deals with how media anthropologists have used the key notion of ‘practices’, and Google Books tells you exactly where and how in a book – in this case the main textbooks in media anthropology - a given word is used. Trouble is, there is a limit to how many pages you can view per book, so in some cases I’ve had to go the page in the physical book and search for the word unaided, but at least it gives you the complete pagination which is a great help.
Recent article on Google’s project to digitise the collections of major research libraries in The New York Review of Books
Google Book Search Bibliography