Google’s Google Books site is a rich resource that is probably underutilized by most educators. It has all kinds of potential for a) getting students into the research process in a way that they will enjoy (for example, they can see how a famous quote has been used/quoted , find out which books cite the journal article they are interested in, or check to see if a specific book covers a topic that they want to explore, etc.) ; b) teaching them about the deeper civic purpose and the evolving state of copyright law (here we can also touch briefly on related topics like plagiarism as well) ; and, c) exploring, with the help of Google Book's Ngram viewer, the promise and ethical issues surrounding the issue of data-mining and “non-consumptive” research, or research that is accomplished by "mining" books for data, as opposed to reading them (here issues of online privacy can also be touched on, as the same kind of data-mining that is used in the Ngram viewer can also be used to produce advertising portfolios on those who read). In addition to this, at the beginning of the presentation I will talk a bit about what Google Book search is, where it came from, and how it has evolved a bit over the years.
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