Don’t forget Amazon’s Search Inside

Here's another one to add to your informationista bag o'tricks. Classes draw nigh and people are starting to freak out. A religion paper is due tomorrow and one of the required readings is in a reference book. Unfortunately, someone is currently hiding in the building with the book and their laptop, hidden the book, or walked off with the book (unlikely). 

On a whim, I went to Amazon and found that the AWOL title is available on Amazon with Search Inside. The student looking for the book needed a specific article. We quickly brought up an image of the page he needed to read. He mentioned that he didn't know Amazon offered such a feature.

I don't normally talk about Amazon during instruction. I do sometimes talk about Google Book Search and/or the related copyright issues with GBS. Do you make a point to talk about these commercial discovery tools with classes or individual students?

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