Thursday, May 13, 2010

New resource: Links to full-text public-domain books and other materials

Our Essay & General Literature Retrospective, Short Story Index Retrospective and Book Review Digest Retrospective databases now feature links to the full text of public-domain books and other materials available through the HathiTrust digital library.

HathiTrust is an inter-institutional repository of digitized books, which currently "houses" more than 4.6 million volumes, approximately 15 percent of which are public domain works. 

H.W. Wilson Director of Product Management Ron Miller says, "Wilson's precise and granular indexing provides valuable discovery of individual stories and essays from the public domain books available through the Hathi Trust repository. Using Wilson's analytical indexing adds a new level of search and retrieval precision not found elsewhere."

You'll find some 3,700 links to full-text works on Book Review Digest Retrospective: 1905-1982; Short Story Index Retrospective: 1915-1983 features more than 1,330 links; and Essay & General Literature Retrospective: 1900-1984 features more than 3,320 links to full-text materials.

We hope these additional resources prove useful for your library and its patrons.

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