HOLLIS Classic online catalog: To find books in the Harvard libraries, go to HOLLIS Classic. The HOLLIS Catalog is also accessible via the Harvard Libraries site: click on the link in the center panel under "Books, Videos and More." Once you're in HOLLIS Classic, we suggest the following basic ways to search:
Choose the Search Type: Title Beginning with... if you know the exact title or the beginning of the title.
For example: perestroika to independence
or choose the Search Type: Author (last name first) if you know at least the author's last name and first initial.
For example: szporluk, r
Choose the SEARCH TYPE: Keywords anywhere if you are looking for a topic but don't know an exact subject heading
For example: postmodernism ukrainian literature
or if you are looking for a specific work and know the topic but not the exact title
For example: ukraine state institution building
or if you are looking for a specific work and know the author's last name and what it is about
For example: wilson ukrainian nationalism
or if you know the last names of two or more authors or editors of a work
For example: aslund de menil
Tips for using the HOLLIS Classic catalog
- Use ? to truncate search words: postmodern?
- Put “” around words to search them as a phrase: “ukrainian nationalism”.
- Click on Save/Mail when you are looking at a record to e-mail search results to yourself.
- When you find a relevant book in HOLLIS click on any SUBJECTS listed on the screen to find more books on that topic.
HOLLIS+: The newest version of Harvard's online library catalog, it offers more flexible searching, narrowing of search results by facets, and the ability to search books and articles in one interface. Because it is less reliable in how it handles transliterated Cyrillic characters, we do recommend using HOLLIS Classic when searching for Ukrainian-language materials.
The European Library: To search the catalogs of major libraries in Europe, including their digital collections.
Europeana: To explore "paintings, music, films and books from Europe's galleries, libraries, archives and museums."
Hugh Truslow, Librarian for the Davis Center Collection and Library Liaison to the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Fung Library, 617-495-4030, e-mail
Olha Aleksic, Petro Jacyk Bibliographer for Ukrainian Collections, Widener Library Slavic Division, and Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute Library, 617-496-2458, e-mail