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Graduate Students - English and American Literature

Follow-up Information - From Friday, Sept. 30 Session

The boxes below provide information about searching HathiTrust and creating alerts for particular searches for books added to the WU collection.

Note:  Creating search alerts from Primo is a much more simple process than creating them in the Classic Catalog.  However...Primo's alert function is not working properly.  I'll let you know if/when the vendor fixes this function.

HathiTrust Information

HathiTrust

The HathiTrust is a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating to preserve and provide access to published texts and catalog records in digital form.  Content includes materials from the Google Book Project, InternetArchive, and digital collections from partner libraries. New content is added daily.  It’s non-commercial, designed for scholarly use, and has library-quality metadata in the catalog records.  As of now (October 2016) 14,724,583 total volumes are included in HathiTrust.

As a member institution, WU students, faculty, and staff can now download public domain materials in addition to conducting full-text searches of all materials in their catalog.  (Login with your WUSTL Key when searching.)

More HathiTrust info and help:

Search Tips

FAQs

More detailed search help

WU HathiTrust Research Guide

Classic Catalog: Save Searches and Receive Email Alerts

Here's how to save searches in the Classic Catalog and have them delivered to your Inbox:

  • Log in to My Catalog using your WUSTL Key and password.
  • To save your favorite searches and run them again in the future, click on Search the Catalog
    •     Perform a search by Keyword, Author, Title, or Subject
    •     Click on button marked Save as preferred search to add this search to your list of preferred searches
  • To receive email alerts for library items of interest to you, click on Preferred Searches while logged into My Catalog. Click the button marked Your Record to return to My Catalog.
    •     Place a check in the appropriate Mark for Email box
    •     You will receive an email when new items based on your search criteria are added to the library.

Primo: Use the eShelf to save queries and alerts

SEARCH ALERTS ARE NOT CURRENTLY WORKING IN PRIMO. OUR VENDOR FOR PRIMO  IS WORKING ON FIXING THIS. IN THE MEANTIME, WE SUGGEST YOU CREATE ALERTS IN THE CLASSIC CATALOG AND/OR IN DATABASES.

Your eShelf is a place for you to save your work by saving searches and adding items to folders. NOTE: You must log in to your account to use and manage your eShelf. 

You can add items to your eShelf by clicking on the star to the left of the title. From within eShelf, you can create folders to organize your items. Click on a folder to open it and view the contents.

A query is a word or phrase you use in your search. To save a query, click Save Query in the upper left corner of the page, name your query, and select a Save option. You can view your saved queries by clicking eShelf in the upper right corner of the page, signing in, and clicking on the Queries tab.

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