Answered By: Kathleen Cobcroft
Last Updated: 30 May 2017     Views: 2909

The Google Books website allows you to see previews of some book chapters which have been made available by publishers. This is not an ideal source for assignments, but may be OK in an emergency. (The Library subscribes to thousands of ebooks which you can access through the Library Catalogue.)

'Bibliographic Information' at the bottom of the book description page (not the chapter preview) will give you some information, including the title, author, edition number, publisher, and publication date.

You will need to look at the actual title page and verso (publication information page following the title page) for further required information such as the place of publication.

Finding the Google Books URL (not required in all referencing styles):

If your referencing style requires a URL, do not include the very long web address from your browser. Most of the URL you have is session-specific information which includes the search you did to find the book.

  • Click on the link icon above the book preview
  • Copy the URL e.g.
  • Trim the URL - you only need the first first part, up to the first '&' symbol.
  • Paste the shortened URL into your web browser to check that it still works! It should take you to the general information page about the book, with a link to the preview.

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