Friday, July 10, 2009

Google Books: new way to search within a book

A few weeks back Ol' Myrt here wrote about Microsoft's new search engine BING. I still think Bing entirely misses the boat for genealogy researchers since it doesn't include a search of Google Books.

Recently, the Inside Google Book Search blog featured a posting by Google software engineer Casey Ho titled New ways to search within a book (meaning once you've found a title of interest at Google Books, use the revamped search experience.)

"At Google we want to make it easy for you to find the information you need.
As such, we've made searching for passages within a book part of the core
experience of Google Books.

Earlier this month we
revamped the search experience to make searching inside a book easier. You can now view the context of a search result, sort results by relevancy or page order, and flip through results quickly while viewing the book.

Today I'm excited to announce one more addition to the experience of searching a book: search results in your scrollbar. Now when you search in a book, little hints will appear in the margin to indicate where you results are located. When you hover over one of these annotations, you'll get a quick preview of the search results and the option of jumping directly to the associated page. Here I searched
Aunt Mary's New England Cook Book for pie recipes [...]

Ol' Myrt here thinks you'll certainly want to study Casey's full blog entry, and try out the new search options at Google Books.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

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