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A Guide to the HathiTrust Research Center: Introduction

An introductory guide to the tools and resources of the HathiTrust Research Center.

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Text mining guide

Check out this additional guide if you want to learn more about text mining generally. 

What is the HathiTrust Research Center?

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) is the research arm of the HathiTrust Digital Library (HTDL). The HathiTrust is a consortium of research libraries that seeks to preserve the cultural record by digitizing books, serials (e.g. periodicals), and other forms of information and making them available digitally through the HTDL.

The Hathi Trust Digital Library has many millions of volumes of digitized content and grows in number every day.

At the HTRC, you can use these digitized books as research data to ask computationally-mediated research questions and drawing on text analysis methods. 

This guide provides a broad overview of core HTRC systems, tools, and services. For detailed documentation, please visit the HTRC documentation wiki:


What can you do with the HTRC?

What kind of research can you do with th HathiTrust Research Center? 

Via the HTRC you can: browse and make data sets (worksets), run algorithms, perform topic modeling, create word clouds, and more.



What you can do with HTRC


Need more help?

If you are having trouble using the HTRC or if you have questions about accessing data from the HathiTrust, contact the HathiTrust Research Center for help:  

You can directly email htrc-help[at] with your specific questions. Or join the HTRC User Listserv to post public questions, and email to subscribe to the listserv.