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This guide will provide you with an introduction to using the HathiTrust Digital Library.

Searching for Items

Basic Search:

  • You can search for phrases by using quotes (e.g., "children's fiction")
  • Boolean Searching: Use AND and OR (capitalized) between words to combine them with Boolean logic: e.g., (heart OR cardiac) AND surgery will find items about heart surgery or cardiac surgery

Advanced Search:

  • Allows you to choose whether you are searching for all, any, or the exact phrasing of the words you enter in the search box. It also gives you multiple search fields, including options for choosing the year, format, and language of the document you are looking for.

Organize Your Collection

Within HathiTrust you can create an account and organize documents you find within a Collection.

If you are affiliated with a HathiTrust Partner institution, you can log in by clicking on the "Log In" button and selecting your institution. If you are not affiliated with a partner institution, you can create a Friend Account. A Friend Account lets you create a collection of documents you find; it does not give you the same access as an affiliate though.