HathiTrust offers two ways of searching their content. A Catalog Search searches a catalog record that lists basic bibliographic information, like title and publisher, as well as information about a book, such as subject terms. A Full-text Search searches the full content of a book, including title, table of contents, the text itself, and any other sections.
Each type of search offers a basic, Google-like keyword search option as well as an advanced search option.
Some general search tips are:
The results page for a Full-text Search and a Catalog Search will look the same. On the left-hand side of the page is a section entitled 'Refine results' with several options for narrowing down the search results. Options for limiting your results include subject, author, language, place of publication, date of publication, original format and original location.
Many items in HathiTrust are marked Limited (Search Only). This means that these items are in copyright (or presumed to be by HathiTrust). You can sometimes see snippets of these items where your search terms appear. For more information about HathiTrust's copyright policy, see their Copyright FAQ. To obtain material you're unable to access in HathiTrust, please check Discovery or the library catalog before trying Interlibrary Loan.