Have you ever found a book that you sensed contained the information you needed, but neither the table of contents nor the index seemed to get you any closer to finding it?
I have a remedy for that. Now, it’s not going to work 100 percent of the time, but here’s what you do:
- With book in hand, go to Google Books.
- Type the title into the search box (along with the author’s name if it’s some really vague title like American History) and hit enter. Example: The Last Great Revolution Robin Wright
- Confirm that at least a Limited Preview of the book is available (this remedy will not work if the book has No Preview or only a Snippet View). This info appears in red before About this book.
- Open the preview by clicking on the book’s title in the results list.
- In the Search This Book box, type the word or phrase you’re seeking. For the book suggested in #2 above, try veil. You should get a list of every page on which that word appears. Note: This search is verbatim, so a search for veils is different from a search for veil.
- Go to those pages in the book and see if you can find what you need.