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What is the HathiTrust?

The HathiTrust (pronounced 'hah-tee') is a partnership of libraries and research institutions that have come together to build and share a digital repository of print works.  Begun in 2008, the goal of the partnership is to build a comprehensive archive of published literature from around the world.  The HathiTrust has pursued this goal chiefly by digitizing materials like books and journals from major library collections and other partners,such as Google, the Internet Archive, and Microsoft. Currently, eighty academic libraries and other major research institutions are members of HathiTrust. Arizona State University Libraries joined in 2010.


What are the benefits to students and faculty of ASU's membership in HathiTrust?

Anyone with an internet connection can access most HathiTrust content in the public domain, currently about 3,000,000 titles published prior to 1924. Benefits to the ASU community include the following:

  • Patrons who identify themselves as ASU students, faculty, or staff will have access to a small number of additional public domain titles not otherwise accessible to the general public (see "Logging in to HathiTrust").
  • You can download for further analysis and manipulation HathiTrust titles in the public domain.
  • You can keyword search the entire HathiTrust Digital Library, both public domain and in-copyright titles, to facilitate information discovery. Metadata are far richer and more consistently applied than in Google Books, an important distinction and consideration for academic researchers. HathiTrust can therefore be used to facilitate textual analyses and other digital humanities projects. For more information about computational access, see the HathiTrust Research Center tab.
  • ASU patrons with a certified print disability can download over one million in-copyright titles, namely e-books owned by the ASU Library in print. Contact ASU Library Disability Services for assistance.

Logging into HathiTrust

To access all the content and services available to ASU users you must first log in by following these steps:

  1. Go to the HathiTrust homepage. (Or access through the ASU Library's Catalog)
  2. Click on the yellow 'Log In' button.
  3. Select Arizona State University from the drop-down menu and click 'Continue.'
  4. Enter your ASURITE ID and password and click 'Continue.'

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