HathiTrust (pronounced hah-tee) is a "collaborative of academic and research libraries preserving 18+ million digitized items." This organization provides reading access to a digital archive of books, journals and government documents -- called HathiTrust Digital Library -- many of which are in the public domain (available for full view). Researchers use this preservation repository by searching descriptive data in the catalog and/or by searching within the contents of digitized items.
Screen shot of the Hathitrust Digital Library home page.
There are multiple paths to find HathiTrust Digital Library items:
The U-M Library is a partner in the HathiTrust Digital Library organization, which means that the U-M community has additional access benefits, with a valid login (U-M uniqname and password). Click on the LOG IN link near the top of the home page. At the "Filter by institution" prompt, select the "University of Michigan" and click on the orange CONTINUE button.
Image of the HathiTrust Digital Library institution login prompt.