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Further tips for finding online versions

If you're currently working remotely for any reason, here are some tips for getting electronic versions of books, short stories, and poems:

  • HathiTrust - Digital Library of books, periodicals, etc. from research libraries.You'll notice some of the Five College Library catalog records for print books have a link stating that they're available via HathiTrust. Click on that link, login, and you can read the book online for an hour at a time. Note: only one user may access a HathiTrust book at a time.
  • Internet Archive - Provides free access to collections of digitized materials of all kinds including millions of books. Create a free account that allows you to check out electronic versions of books for one hour at a time. Note: only allows one user at a time, though sometimes more more than one edition of a book is available.
  • Interlibrary Loan - You can request scans of articles (think short stories or poems published individually in magazines or journals) and book chapters (think a short story or poem in a collection) via the library's interlibrary loan service, ILLiad. Often when you search any of the library's databases, you'll see an MHC Get It button MHC Get It                            by each result. Clicking on that button will get you to a screen where you'll have the option to make an interlibrary loan request.
  • Project Gutenberg - Library of over 60,000 free ebooks, with a focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Digitized and proofread by volunteers.
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