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Top Ten Research Tips for GSAS Students

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S. Gilman

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You'll want to use more than one. Start with these:
The Harvard Library Portal
For every subject there is a librarian who can provide you with expert research assistance.


Not sure how to find historic newspapers?
Need help finding anthropology journals?
Extended Loans
Recalling Books

Time Saving
Research Tools
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Top Ten Research Tips for GSAS Students
As a Harvard graduate student you now have access to one of the world's great libraries.
Sometimes navigating this system can be a challenge, even for experienced researchers.
These peer-reviewed tips will help you research and use library resources more effectively.

Harvard Depository
Scan and Deliver
Research Librarians

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Each library also has its own separate website, which provides further information.
As a GSAS student you'll also want to bookmark the Harvard College Library website:
The extended loan program allows G1-G3 students to check out materials for up to a term. You also get the option to renew them 5 times.


Citation Management Tools (Zotero, RefWorks, Endnote, Mendeley, etc.) can help you collect, store, and manage citation information.

These tools also save time. For example they can automatically produce bibliographies and footnotes.
Don't have time to hunt through the stacks? Out of town?

No problem, with Scan & Deliver you can request to have portions of Harvard books scanned and emailed to you.
Simply find the book or journal you want in Hollis. Then select the Scan & Deliver button. The PDF will be emailed to you within 1-4 business days.
There are also many scanners located in the libraries. You can make free scans and save them to a flash drive or email them to yourself.
The Harvard LibX browser plug-in will let you search library information easily, and will allow you to link from the web to content licensed through the library.
Have an article citation? Try Citation Linker. It can help you find identify whether or not Harvard subscribes to a specific journal and lead you to the full-text.
Getting Items
From Non-Harvard Libraries
HD is the Harvard Depository, which is located off campus. Our collections are massive and continuously growing, so we have off-site storage.

Allows you to request an item from a partner library (Yale, U. of Chicago, etc.). It takes 4 business days or less for the book to arrive.

Harvard Library will borrow an item from another US or international library. It takes about 12 days or less to arrive.

You can also use ILL to request scanned PDF copies of journal articles or book chapters that Harvard does not own. You'll receive your article in 3-5 business days.

If the book you need is checked out, in addition to Borrow Direct you have the option of recalling it.

Don't be shy, it's how we make sure everyone has a chance to use the resources they need.

There are reservable study carrels at Widener and other locations. For more information visit:
And while the process may not always be straightforward, the end results are well worth the time and effort.
We have guides on these topics and more!
You can submit questions anytime to our virtual Ask-A-Librarian service.
Research librarians will respond to your question within 24 hours.
Widener Library
Harvard-Yenching Library

They can help you get to know the collections and resources you'll need.

You can meet with them privately to tackle basic or complicated research questions.
To place these request look for "Get it" and "Borrow Direct" options in the item's Hollis record.

For more information on these tools see our Research Tools page:

Get to know your liaison librarians!
We also may be able to purchase an item for the collection on your behalf. To place a purchase request visit:
Study carrels provide you with your own space to work and keep your research materials.

Harvard has over 70 libraries. Before you become busy with work take a chance to explore.
Every library is distinctive and they all have fantastic resources. You will get to know which are most important for your work.

Widener is the flagship library located in the Yard. Its collection is strongest in the humanities and social sciences. Weekly tours are offered throughout the year:

Edna Kuhn Loeb Music Library
Lamont Library
Cabot Science Library
Fung Library

HOLLIS will tell you if an item is at HD. It will also give you an option to request it, which takes about 1 business day (allow for more time on holidays and weekends).

Borrow Direct:

Interlibrary Loan (ILL):
This option applies to Widener, Fine Arts, and the Loeb Music Library. Apply for the program here:
Study Carrels
Library Websites
Find even more great libraries and study spaces here: (full list url?)
Anna's Insider Tip:

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For every subject area librarians create online guides on useful resources for research.
Don't know where to start with research in Astrobiology?
Some libraries also offer classes on specific types of research and research tools.
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Anna's Insider Tip:
The person who has the book will get a little more time with it before having to return it.
Or visit our "Get It" page:
If the item you want is not on the shelf or Harvard doesn't own it, you can still get it!
You can also text them to:
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