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Google Books links now in Socrates

To help Stanford scholars find interesting and relevant resources more quickly and powerfully, SULAIR has added links to Google Book Search from Socrates.

In the Detailed records for most books from the Stanford University Libraries and other Google partners, patrons will now find
a link to the Google Books version of the book. Depending on the copyright status of the book, the Google Books link will take patrons to the full text of a book, a preview of the book, or a page with expanded information about the book.

Even in cases where neither the full-text nor a preview is available, patrons will often find book summaries, reviews, links to other editions of the book, popular passages, and much more. When available, the detailed record in Socrates will also show book jacket images.

Examples of Google Book Search links:

Patrons will also now find links to OCLC WorldCat records for many items in Socrates. The WorldCat records often provide additional information about an item, including reviews, a list of other libraries that own the item, user ratings and recommendations, and the ability to export citations directly to EndNote or RefWorks. For a full list of features available in WorldCat, see What is WorldCat?

These additions to Socrates are a step towards making richer search and online browsing of the libraries collections possible. As the Google Book Search project continues and more books are scanned, these richer views will become available for an increasing amount of the Libraries’ collections.

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Error in one of your examples

Just thought you might want to know that there is an error in one of the examples you have listed. Instead of Natural Born Celebrities: Serial Killers in American Culture, by David Schmid, the Google Book link takes you to Queer London: Perils and Pleasures in the Sexual Metropolis, 1918-1957, by Matt Houlbrook. Have misdirections of this sort been a common occurrence? It is certainly a useful option, despite a few bugs. It is also interesting to see you incorporating the benefits of WorldCat without implementing WorldCat Local as your primary OPAC.

GBS Preview links

Thanks for pointing that out. I reported the error, so we can see what went wrong with our matching program. In the meantime, I edited the post to put up a new example of a Google Book available as a Preview.

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