What is HathiTrust?

HathhiHathiTrust is a partnership of academic and research institutes that make some of the nation’s greatest research libraries and digitized collections available for all! Originally created in 2008, HathiTrust was established by thirteen universities to archive and collectively share digitized collections. With more than 10 million volumes, HathiTrust has one of the largest library collections for research of all time. Content in HathiTrust is discoverable through a variety of public domain and copyright materials from sources such as Google, Microsoft, the Internet Archive, and many more!

On HathiTrust researchers can:

  • Find Bibliographic or full-text search of all volumes
  • Create personal collections
  • Read and download public domain and open access volumes

Additionally, HathiTrust has full-text and advanced search options. Full-text searches provide information about the location of search terms that occur throughout the work, helping users discover the relevance of works to their topic or find information quickly in a print copy close at hand.

How will Researchers Benefit?

HathiTrust offers scholars access to an extensive collection of digitized material, permits researchers to produce customized searches, and makes material too difficult to access or study readily discoverable. HathiTrust aims to give undisclosed resources value by ensuring long-term access to print and electronic resources, creating scholarly tools, and improving the quality of the digitized content over time.

Wow! What a great electronic resource, it probably costs a fortune… BUT IT DOESN’T!

HathiTrust partners pay for the basic infrastructure costs of the material, including the costs of storage, backup, data centers, and servers. HathiTrust also gives researchers the option to log in as a guest through Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft, and LinkedIn.

FUN FACT: Hathi (hah-tee) is the Hindi word for elephant, an animal highly regarded for its memory, wisdom, and strength. Trust is a core value of research libraries and one of their greatest assets. In combination, the words convey the key benefits researchers can expect from a first-of-its-kind shared digital repository.

Haylee Mitchell

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