Google scholar is a simple way to find scholarly literature. Before you search Google Scholar we would always recommend that you use the Online Library Summon search first as this will only link to items that are available in the Online Library. We think that the Summon search is just as easy to use as Google. However you can sometimes find full text items that are freely available on the web using Google Scholar. Not comprehensive so not an alternative to using library databases.
Google Books allows you to search for books whose text has been made available to Google. Most of the books will be in copyright which means that you will not be able to view the full text, but you will be able to view extracts. Please note that not all publishers have participated in this project so there will be many books which are not available on the site.