Received the good news this morning that we now do have access to Hathi Trust! You’ll find it linked in the e-Library in the Article Indexes & Databases page. Once you click on the link, you do need to login (using your ISU Net-ID and password) in order to get fullest access to materials. I say”fullest” access by way of reminder that not everything within Hathi Trust’s collections is available full-text to all users, due to copyright restrictions. However, you will find tons of materials are now accessible to you so do login and start exploring.
Here’s some info to help get you started: Items marked “Full view” are available for you to read, print, and download full-text. Items marked “Limited (search-only)” allow you to search within that item and give you a frequency number of how many times your search terms were found in the book. It will not show you the book itself to you, but does provide a helpful link to WorldCat for you to find the library nearest you that owns that item. (Why? Copyright.) Note that you can easily restrict your search results to show only “Full view” items.
The Home tab allows you 3 different methods of searching HT’s vast collections of currently over 10 million total volumes. Catalog Search lets you check for specific titles, authors, subjects, etc. Full-text Search lets you search contents of those millions of digitized materials – wow! Collections search is a really cool feature. You can create your own collections of materials that interest you, whether for your own use or potentially student- or group use. You can use the Collections search to see what other users have done and made public. (For example, I see that a helpful user at University of Michigan has created a 19th century cookbooks collection – simply tagging relevant cookbooks and saving them as a unique collection for others to use.)
As you might imagine, you will find a wealth of primary historical materials are now at our fingertips. There are also lots of US state and federal government documents included, making this a good source for locating full-text of these non-copyrighted materials. One interesting item I found was the 1900 Census of Puerto Rico, taken by the US War Department just two years after the Spanish American War.
Included in the Census and its report were a number of photographs, including interesting photos of the actual folks who worked as the Census enumerators in specific cities. Here are the enumerators from Ponce, one of the only groups that seems to have included and employed women.
Coincidentally, I also found the 1903 Census of the Philippine Islands, this one undertaken by the “Philippine Commission” and the US Bureau of the Census. This one also had photos of the enumerators, including this arty montage of the Tagalog supervisors of the Census:
Virtually all subject areas and time periods are included in Hathi Trust’s materials, as are many different languages. An Advanced Full-text Search is available, allowing you to specify where your keywords should be found (title, author, subject, publisher, series title, etc), specify year(s), language (ranging from Abkhazian to Zuni), and by original format – archive; audio (music; spoken word; cd; lp); biography; book; computer file; conference; dictionaries; electronic resource; journal; maps-atlas, mixed material; newspaper; video (dvd or vhs), visual material, and much more. Amazing! Search facets along the left side of your search results screen help you drill down by subject, author, language, place or date of publication, and more, giving you lots of control over your search results, as well as lots of opportunities for happy discoveries. Enjoy exploring!