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HathiTrust Digital Library @ the WSU Libraries

About the HathiTrust Digital Library (Hah-tee)

Note: WSU-affiliated users must log in with their WSU Net IDs in order to save more than one page at a time, to create collections, and to get more access. This resource does not work with the Libraries' proxy server.

Non-WSU users can search but have more limited access (and can create a "friend" account to save items into a collection).

This is an amazing resource for locating older books, magazines, articles, and other content, and for finding government information, especially at the US federal level. Its easy to go down a rabbit hole and get sucked in for hours 

An important note! Many of us love the content in HathiTrust, but hated its interface. Its been updated, and is now much better! See Intro to the New Book Viewer - YouTube

What is the HathiTrust Digital Library?

"At the heart of HathiTrust is a shared secure digital repository owned and operated by a partnership of major research libraries. The repository is best known as a means of preserving digital materials created via large-scale digitization projects. By pooling their collective resources and expertise, the partners have created a robust and scalable infrastructure to efficiently store, manage, and preserve their collections of digital books and journals in common. HathiTrust, however, has positioned itself as more than a simple aggregation of digitized library material. Its stated mission is much broader: "to contribute to the public good by collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge."

HathiTrust: A Research Library at Web Scale (p.95)

Includes digitized books from:

  • Google Book Project
  • Microsoft Live Search Books (no longer active)
  • Internet Archive
  • Library digitization projects
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