Google Books is a good option if you want to:
You can even search for (non-scientific, often American) journals.
The strength of Google Books is that you search so many books in a single search action and more in particular: you search the majority of the books from cover to cover. This means that you will find lots of books in which a whole chapter deals with your subject, whereas the title does not contain your search terms. You would never have found these books in classical catalogues. And even if your search terms only occur in one paragraph on page 273 you will find them. Have you found such a book, copy and paste the title in the catalogue of Utrecht University Library to see if the (e-)book is available. You can also click Find in a library to do a lookup in Worldcat which has info on which libraries have a copy of the book.
We recommend you to use advanced search.
With Google Books you can sometimes read (parts of) books. This might come in handy if the library does not have the (e-)book. Sometimes what you may read is limited by copyright issues or agreements with the publisher.
To find a book of which you already know the exact title you can:
It might be that only one edition can be found of a book which has several editions. For such books enter a larger period before the publication date and do not use the ISBN.
Sometimes a book can be found in the original language and not in translation, or the other way around.
If you are searching for a passage of a book, enter it in the field With the exact phrase. Do this only if you are sure about the exact wording.
You may also enter the words in the field With all words. In your results there will be then also be passages which contain not all of your search terms.
Of all books, Google does by no means show the full text or the part you need. Unfortunately Google Books does not support the UBU link. You can: