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HathiTrust Digital Library: Ryerson University

General Guide about the HathiTrust Digital Library

About HathiTrust

HathiTrust is a growing, global 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 140 members in HathiTrust, and membership is open to institutions worldwide.

Search HathiTrust

How to access the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) and the HathiTrust Collection.

  1. Go to the HathiTrust ETAS Digital Library.

  2. You will be prompted to login using your my.ryerson credentials. If you are already signed in, authentication will happen automatically.

  3. You can then search the HathiTrust collection.  

  4. In your search results, look for items labeled 'Temporary Access' to access the Emergency Temporary Access Service. 

  5. Click on the Temporary Access icon, and you will then get a Check Out button to access the book.

Users can:

  • Search across the entire collection
  • Read and view works that are "full-view"
  • Search within works that are "limited (search-only)"
  • Download a single page at a time from works that have download restrictions
  • Download an entire work that doesn't have download restrictions

Why am I seeing "Limited (search-only)" materials?

HathiTrust is not strictly a platform to provide access to public domain materials. It also serves an important role in archiving materials "in support of the record of human knowledge." Whereas Ryerson Library has a full membership to HathiTrust there are resources that are "Limited (search-only)" due to active copyright restrictions (as per U.S. copyright law). One restriction, for example, is the geographic location of the user. For additional information on HathiTrust's copyright and access, visit their Copyright information page.

If you are interested in viewing materials restricted to "search only," please submit a request using the Ryerson Library Interlibrary Loan/RACER service.

Search Tips

Primary Catalog Search:
  • Phrase Searching: Use quotes to search an exact phrase: e.g., "occult fiction"
  • Wildcards: Use * or ? to search for alternate forms of a word. Use * to stand for several characters, and ? for a single character: e.g., optim* will find optimal, optimize or optimum; wom?n will find woman and women. If you would simply like to browse without entering a search term you can enter * by itself.
  • Boolean Searching: Use AND and OR (capitalized) between words to combine them with Boolean logic: e.g., (heart OR cardiac) AND surgery will find works about heart surgery or cardiac surgery
Full-text Search:
  • Phrase Searching: Use quotes to search an exact phrase: e.g., "occult fiction"
  • Multiple Term Searching: When your search terms are not quoted phrases, avoid common words (such as: 'a', 'and', 'of', 'the', etc.) to speed up your search.
  • Boolean Searching: Use AND and OR (capitalized) between words to combine them with Boolean logic: e.g., heart OR cardiac will find works containing the word heart or the word cardiac; heart AND cardiac will find works containing both words. Use a minus (-) to remove words from the result e.g., heart  -cardiac will find works containing the word heart that do not include the word cardiac.
  • As in the catalog, if you would like to browse without entering a search term you can enter * by itself.
Full-text Advanced Search
  • In advanced full-text search, you can also use the "all of these words" dropdown instead of AND or OR. For instance, a search for

    [all of these words] heart cardiac

    is equivalent to a search for heart AND cardiac and will find works with both terms, while

    [any of these words] heart cardiac

    is equivalent to heart OR cardiac and will find works with either one or both words.

    Examples:

     

 

For more help using the HathiTrust Digital Library, check their Using the Digital Library page

 

What does "HathiTrust" mean?

Hathi (pronounced 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.

Currently Digitized

  • 17,090,441 total volumes
  • 8,272,696 book titles
  • 457,812 serial titles
  • 5,981,654,350 pages
  • 766 terabytes 202 miles
  • 13,886 tons
  • 6,511,087 volumes(~38% of total) in the public domain