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What's Available Online?
For a book to be legally digitized and available online, either the holder of the copyright has to give permission for the digitization, or the book needs to be in the public domain. In the U.S., books in the public domain are usually those that were published
prior to 1923, although under certain limited conditions later works may also be in the public domain. Books that are freely available online will be those that are in the public domain.
- Google Books
- Google has partnered with a number of universities and others to scan the full-text of public domain books. In addtion to the full-text of the books in the public domain, for many titles Google allows you to view snippets or selected pages from books still under copyright.
- Internet Archive
- Search the "Texts" files for specific titles or books on particular subjects.
- Hathi Trust
- A shared digital repository with almost 4 million full-text digitized volumes in the public domain.
- A digital humanities venture, based at Iowa State University. Classic and contemporary texts.
, Criminal Justice
, History - Global & Eurasian
, History - North America
, Journalism & Media Studies
, Latin American & Caribbean Studies
, Literatures in English
, New Jerseyana
, Political Science
, Social Work
, Spanish & Portuguese Studies
, Women's & Gender Studies