Supported by major research universities around the country, HathiTrust includes two different types of content.
1) Works in the public domain, the full-text of which can be searched and downloaded in PDF form.
2) Copyrighted works held in member libraries, the full-text of which has been scanned. These works are not available online, nor can they be downloaded. However, you can identify quickly and efficiently occurrences of a search term within a text. This feature increases access and information about a potential source far better than any library catalog record or index. This is especially helpful in disciplines that rely heavily on monographs and edited volumes.
HINT: If an item is not available at BGSU, follow the Find in a library link in HathiTrust, identify an OhioLINK school, click on name of that school, and then look for an OhioLINK link. You will be able to request the item online. If an item is not available at BGSU or through OhioLINK, then you can request it via ILLIAD, our interlibrary loan service.
Watch this brief video to see how information from the HathiTrust enhances book/ebook results in Summon and can lead you to books in OhioLINK.
. . . is the new Google for academics. It's a new discovery tool that allows you to search most everything the University Libraries owns or has access to through one simple search box.
. . . discovers and delivers academic content to your desktop. Results from Summon include only materials that have been reviewed and selected for academic libraries. When searching Summon, you can be confident that your results will retrieve credible, authoritative, and suitable resources for your academic work.
. . . solves the problem of not knowing where to start. It retrieves material of all different kinds (books, articles, films, government documents, etc.) on your topic and ranks the results according to relevancy for easy browsing. Unlike Google, you can also limit your results in many ways. Limits include:
Following are a few searches in Summon that demonstrate selected features that may be helpful to you. Click on the links to execute the search in Summon.