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:

  1. With book in hand, go to Google Books.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Open the preview by clicking on the book’s title in the results list.
  5. 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.
  6. Go to those pages in the book and see if you can find what you need.