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This research guide is intended to help you understand the various e-book platforms available at Florida State University.


This platform hosts the e-books in the HathiTrust collection. Much of the content on this platform is freely available in HTML format. Downloads are often available courtesy of our status as a HathiTrust partner. Titles from multiple publishers are brought together on this nonprofit platform. For more information, see our HathiTrust LibGuide.

Tutorial: How to Access the E-book

How to Access the E-book

  • Copy E-book Citation
  • Read E-book in Browser

Click link labelled Cite this to copy e-book citation

Copy E-book Citation

Click link labelled Full View to read e-book in browser

Read E-book in Browser

Tutorial: How to Use the E-book

How to Use the E-book

  • Download E-book as PDF
  • Add E-book to Collection in Bookshelf
  • Copy Permalinks to Page in E-book
  • Bookmark Page
  • View Bookmarked Pages

Download E-book as PDF

Click Add button at PTaddItemBtn to add e-book to collection in bookshelf

Add E-book to Collection in Bookshelf

Scroll down sidebar to copy permalinks to page in e-book

Copy Permalinks to Page in E-book

Bookmark Page

View Bookmarked Pages

Benefits of a Personal Account

  • Download all e-books in the public domain.
  • Read certain copyrighted works.
  • Create collections to form the bookshelf.
  • Make collections public.

Access your personal account by clicking the “Log In” button on the top right of the page, selecting FSU in the drop-down list, entering your FSUID and password, and selecting “I give permission to Florida State University to release my name and email address”.

Usage Limits

In accordance with its mission and goals, HathiTrust hosts resources with a wide variety of publication dates, places of publication, digitization sources, and copyright statuses. As a result, the access limitations can vary from resource to resource. The Access section of the HathiTrust Overview (beginning at the bottom of page two) provides a good overview of the access limitations on different categories of content.

PDFs downloaded from HathiTrust are DRM-free.

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