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Ramona Islam
Liaison to Celtic Studies and Folklore & Mythology
Widener Library
(617) 384-5848
Research Instruction:
In Lamont B-30, guest instructor Ramona Islam will teach library e-research basics and how to create an annotated bibliography from 6:30–8 p.m. on:
  • Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
  • Thursday, July 10th, 2014

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Finding Your Way in the Harvard Library

The Harvard Library is an organization of more than 70 libraries supporting research throughout Harvard University. The Harvard Library site is a gateway to the resources in the libraries, the archives, and to the more than 6,000 electronic resources to which the Harvard Libraries subscribe.

The libraries where you will find the most materials for this course are:

 Widener Library Lamont Library
Widener Library Lamont Library

Generally speaking, to get print books (and less frequently, journal articles, which are increasingly available online) in any of these libraries, you will need to find the call number (also known as the classification number) for each book or journal and then locate it in the library stacks. You can find the call number for almost all books and hard copy journals owned by Harvard libraries in HOLLIS, the online library catalog.

To find what you need in a hurry, schedule a consultation with Ramona!


Getting a PIN

You'll need a Harvard PIN (Personal Identification Number) in order to use the library and its resources. If you do not yet have a Harvard PIN, go to the Harvard University PIN Administration Site.

A PIN allows you to request items from the Harvard Depository, a storage facility located 20 miles from Harvard Yard. When you look for a book in HOLLIS or HOLLIS Classic, the availability screen will tell you if a book is in the Harvard Depository. If it is, then you can click the "request" link, enter your Harvard ID number and PIN, and the book will be delivered to the Circulation Desk for pick-up by the next business day.

You may also use your PIN for Scan & Deliver--a free, electronic document delivery service through which you can receive scanned portions of library books or journal articles via e-mail, as well as for Borrow Direct (through which you may borrow from a collective of other Ivies when an item you want isn't available at Harvard), or for Interlibrary Loan, which extends to a vast number of libraries.

Finally, some networked electronic library resources are available to you only through a Harvard libraries subscription. When you use these resources outside a Harvard library, you will be asked to enter your Harvard ID number and PIN.

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