Start with HOLLIS to find books, and then look for articles in online databases
HOLLIS: is the Harvard Library online library catalog listing about 15 million items --it's a good place to "fish" for books when you're trying to decide on a topic for a paper. With HOLLIS you can find books on a subject, but not journal articles. The Table of Contents in a book can give you ideas for your paper, while the Bibliography in the book can give you other sources to consult and use in your paper research. But the information in books is not the most up-to-date information you can get -- you'll find that mostly in journal articles.
Article Databases: the following online databases will take you into scholarly journal articles (they search like Google, but their articles have been peer-reviewed and are of substantial research quality):
- Academic Search Premier
- Google Scholar
- MLA International Bibliography
- PubMed with Full Text (MEDLINE)
- Sociological Abstracts
If you don't find enough material on your subject after checking these sources, you can:
1. go into the online Library Portal, at: http://lib.harvard.edu, to find more sources, and / or
2. e-mail me (at: firstname.lastname@example.org) and I can help you find more.
Where to Find Data and Statistics
Historical Statistics of the United States: the U.S. in statistics from Colonial times to the present.
Statistical Abstract of the United States: published since 1878, this is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. PDF versions of the StatAb from 1878 to 2010 are available here.
Research Time Savers and How to Avoid Plagiarism
Citation Linker: connects you to the full text of an article working from a bibliography
Get It: combines HOLLIS, HOLLIS Classic, Interlibrary Loan, Borrow Direct, and Scan & Deliver to provide Harvard researchers with all your options for locating and requesting material at Harvard Library
Lib-X: a browser toolbar add-on; lets you search HOLLIS, E-Journal List, E- Resource List, Citation Linker, and Google Scholar quickly