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eBooks -- How to Find and Download

Instructions for finding and downloading e-books from various vendors.

Introduction

The HathiTrust is a partnership of almost 100 institutions working together to digitize library and archival collections, and they have made over 5 million books freely available online.

Search eBooks

You can begin a new search from wherever you are in the HathiTrust Digital Library. Look for the Search box at the top of the page. The image below shows an example of search results. 

 

1. Keyword Search On the HathiTrust Digital Library homepage, enter one or more of your keywords to search. The "Full - Text" tab is automatically selected, meaning that your results will be limited to eBooks that you can read the entirety of. 
2. Advanced Search Follow this link to search by keyword, title, author, subject, ISBN, publisher, or language. 
3. Refine Results  Refine your results by subject, author, language, place and date of publication, format, and original location.
4. View  Follow the "Full - View" link in order to view the eBook.

 

Read Online

Use the numbers in the images to find corresponding descriptions in the tables below in order to learn about the various functions of HathiTrust's online reader. 

 

1. Jump to Page Go to any page in the eBook by typing in the number and clicking the "Go" button.
2. Jump to Section Jump to any section in the eBook by clicking on this button and choosing a section from the drop down menu. 
3. Bookmarked Pages If you create a personal account with HathiTrust, you can add books to your personal collection. Use this button to bookmark particular pages and then jump to them when you are logged in. 
4. Search within Text Type keywords here to search for them within the eBook. 
5. Pages Click on these buttons to go to the first, previous, next, and last page in the eBook.
6. Scroll Scroll through the pages of the eBook.
7. Flip Flip through the pages of the eBook. 
8. Thumbnail View all of the eBook's pages as thumbnails. 
9. Page by Page View one page of the eBook at a time. 
10. Plain Text  View the eBook as plain text. 
11. Full Screen View the eBook in full screen mode. 
12. Zoom Zoom in and out. 
13. Rotate Rotate the eBook's pages to the right and left. 

 

Download

Once you have opened a book in the HathiTrust online reader, you have the option of download a PDF version of the current page or the entire eBook by clicking on the links highlighted in the image below. 

 

 

Print

In order to print pages from an eBook in the HathiTrust Digital Library, you must first download those pages to PDF file. Download the pages you wish to print by following the "Download" directions above, then print the PDF from your browser in the new window that opens, as illustrated in the image below.