Monash University is a member of HathiTrust, a global partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future.
HathiTrust holds the largest set of digitised books managed by the academic, research, and library community, which offers an unprecedented opportunity to steward the cultural record through increasingly interdependent work that develops capacity and sparks innovation.
Launched in 2008, HathiTrust has a growing membership currently comprising more than one hundred forty-five members.
Members contribute volumes of material to the digital library, digitised from their library collections through a number of means including Google and Internet Archive digitisation and in-house initiatives. A large proportion of the contributed volumes are in the public domain and freely available online.
HathiTrust serves a dual role. First, as a trusted repository it guarantees the long-term preservation of the materials it holds, providing the expert curation and consistent access long associated with research libraries. Second, as a service for members and the public good, HathiTrust offers persistent access to the digital collections. This includes viewing, downloading, and searching access to public domain volumes, and searching access to copyrighted works. Specialized features are also available which facilitate access by persons with print disabilities, and allow users to gather subsets of the digital library into “collections” that can be searched and browsed.
HathiTrust was named for the Hindi word for elephant, hathi, symbolic of the qualities of memory, wisdom, and strength evoked by elephants, as well as the huge undertaking of congregating the digital collections of libraries in the United States and beyond. HathiTrust is funded by member libraries and governed by members of the libraries through its Board of Governors.
- HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
- Yes, through Search, staff and students have direct access to full text material listed in the HathiTrust Digital Library, if this access is not restricted under US copyright law, as US Fair Use provisions do not apply in Australia. Many of the titles that are available as full text will therefore have been published before the 20th century.
- There are a wide range of subjects, much broader than American and European history only, that could be of great interest to researchers in Australia.
- Titles are accessible directly through the HathiTrust portal. Monash staff and students can access these portals by choosing Monash as your institution and then entering your search terms at the “Search the HathiTrust Digital Library” screen.
- When you search directly in the HathiTrust portal, you will see both in copyright and out of copyright titles, but will still only have access to full text of the out of copyright titles, as the same copyright restrictions apply.
- Titles however, that are not accessible will still be searchable as full-text (indicated as 'Limited (search-only)') - allowing you to determine if a work is of interest for your research. You can search within the text of the item to see how often a particular word or phrase appears. Doing so may help you decide if it is worth pursuing the location of the book.
- If you find a title of interest in HathiTrust that’s still under copyright, it won’t be accessible as a pdf download, but if you are a Monash staff member or postgraduate student, you can request these titles using the Library’s Document Delivery Service.
- Undergraduate students can use the title information on HathiTrust to search Trove for holdings at Australian libraries or contact the libraries listed in HathiTrust to request supply of the digitised document; note there may be a charge for supply of such an article.
- HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) builds tools and services for scholars to perform large-scale computational analysis of data from the HathiTrust Digital Library.
- HTRC has developed a suite of tools and services for text data mining including web-based algorithms, freely-accessible datasets, and secure computing capsules. Access them from HTRC Analytics.
More information on HathiTrust is available at: www.hathitrust.org.