This page provides information on finding books in non-print format and also offers tips on how to adapt Google for academic research.
Even when the physical print book collection in inaccessible there still are ways to access books in digital format electronically.
EBSCOhost databases such as Academic Search Premier and GemFinder do include a few books, even reference books. Either look for the books thumbnail in the Results List (center pane) or filter for books (Limit To) in the left pane.
Ebooks also are available.
1. Go to JaxCat Advanced Search (three search boxes stacked with Boolean operators included).
2. Type your search term(s) into the search box(es).
3. Under Add Limits (Optional), go to the dropdown for All Types; click on Electronic Resources.
4. <Search> (The lower of the two Search boxes. This search should harvest electronic books but also may pick up such other things as videos.)
Through Google Books Advanced Book Search
Google Books Advanced, among other things, offers Previews of some of the books it indexes even though the complete book is not available. Still, the part of the book needed my be included in the Preview.
Once you have clicked on Search
Peruse your results list
Google Scholar Advanced is useful for locating full text of articles which may be indexed in a database but without full text attached. Through university Open Access institutional repositories, it also may provide full text of articles which are not indexed in any database. To access Google Scholar Advanced, just open a window to Google and type in Google Scholar Advanced; the link to Advanced will be found by clicking the waffle icon in the upper left-hand corner.
The search interface
While many university faculty, with good reason, forbid their students from using web-based sources (i.e., Google Search), in times of diminished access to the full spectrum of library resources a "BSA" (Best Source Available) approach may be allowable. Google Search, Google Scholar, and Google Books all permit certain tweaks which make them more suitable for academic research. One such tweak is using the Advanced rather than the Basic search mode in all three Google silos. To access Google Advanced Search, just open a window to Google and type in Google Advanced.
The search interface (edited):