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How to search and quote from books online

Posted by sprague on January 3, 2011

Neat trick using Google Books to search for a phrase and then quote it.

From a snippet in the WSJ China Real Time Report, referencing an important scholarly book about science in ancient China.

According a historical digest called “Science & Civilisation in China,”

The original book by Joseph Needham (that guy featured in the excellent The Man Who Loved China), is available for limited preview on Google Books.  You can’t download it to read offline, but when you’re just searching and discussing a snippet from the text, who cares?

Yeah, I know you smart people do this all the time, but I just figured it out and thought it was cool. What other interesting ways is the internet transforming how we learn and republish information?

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