HathiTrust Digital Library

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HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. The mission of HathiTrust is to contribute to research, scholarship, and the common good by collaboratively collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge. There are more than 120 partners in HathiTrust, and membership is open to institutions worldwide. –Welcome, About HathiTrust


Name: HathiTrust Digital Library

URL: www.hathitrusst.org

Purpose & Audience:

The primary community that HathiTrust serves is the members (faculty, students, and users) of its partner libraries, but the materials in HathiTrust are available to all to the extent permitted by law and contracts, providing the published record as a public good to users around the world. –Our Partnership 



Information Sources:

The initial focus of the partnership has been on preserving and providing access to digitized book and journal content from the partner library collections. This includes both in copyright and public domain materials digitized by Google, the Internet Archive, and Microsoft, as well as through in-house initiatives. The partners aim to build a comprehensive archive of published literature from around the world and to develop shared strategies for managing and developing their digital and print holdings in a collaborative way. –About, Our Partnership



Information Services:

Services include content storage, preservation services, and access services.





Three Interesting Features:

  • My Collection
  • Statistic and Visualizations
  • HathiTrust Research Center Informational Video



My Collection

With this feature, I can bookmark titles related to a topic that interests me for future reference. I can share or download the collection I create. I have used HathiTrust before for genealogy research, but never bothered with the collection feature, which leads to having to do the work all over again if I want to find information without digging through files on my computer. So, in just a few minutes I discovered some useful titles and created a collection titled “My Family Genealogy”.


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Now I have saved a far flung distant relative’s genealogy research. It will come in handy!


This feature is very useful!


Statistics and Visualizations

Though its not an exciting feature, this visualization allows users to fully understand the scope of the collection. This representation of statistics illustrates the date range of the titles in the collection. Other categories are available, such as call numbers, languages, etc.

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HathiTrust Research Center Informational Video

This short informational video on the HathiTrust Research Center brings the strengths and value of this collection to life.