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The top 10 things every HDS student should know about the Harvard Library
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1. Andover-Harvard's Research Librarians

Get to know the research librarians at Andover-Harvard—Renata, Gloria, and Cliff. They can help you locate information, develop a research strategy, find relevant e-resources, books, and articles on any topic, and work on any research-related question, problem, or skill. Contact the research librarians at or or 617.496.AHTL.


2. Course Reserve Readings

Course reserve readings are listed on the course website. Online readings are linked. If there is no link, bring the call number to the circulation desk on the first floor to borrow a copy.



HOLLIS (mobile version: is Harvard’s online catalog, a large database that brings together information about library materials (books, journals, manuscripts, maps, data sets, sound recordings, photographs, films, legal documents, cultural artifacts, and more) that are housed in buildings across campus, stored at off-site locations, like the Harvard Depository, or provided to you in digital form.


4. LibX

LibX is a library toolbar extension for Firefox and Chrome that you can download. From your toolbar, it’s just as convenient to search HOLLIS or find Harvard Library e-resources with LibX as it is to do a Google search. Another great feature of Lib X is the right click option:if you find an article on the web and the publisher asks you to pay for it, LibX can save you money and time if you use the use the right click option to reload the page to determine whether the Harvard Library already has an online subscription to the article that you can immediately access without payment.


5. ATLA Religion Database & Religion Quick Search

To locate scholarly articles about any religious tradition, we recommend starting with either ATLA Religion Database or Religion Quick Search.

  • ATLA Religion Database can be used to find journal articles, essays, sermons, and book reviews in the field of religion. Citations cover all religions and all theological points of view. Full text is available for hundreds of titles.
  • Religion Quick Search is a custom built search box on our library’s web site (Find it on the Articles and E-Resources tab of the search box on the home page). Religion Quick Search simultaneously searches several prominent religion search engines/article databases that cover journal literature in the fields of religion and theology.
  • If you’re accustomed to using JSTOR for religion research and wonder when it's best to use JSTOR and when it may be more appropriate to use ATLA Religion Database, find out more here.


6. Other Search Engines/Article Databases

Many other quality online resources (e-resources) for religion research can be accessed from the library’s website.  Such key e- resources include search engines/article databases to find articles, subject encyclopedias, language dictionaries, digital texts, dissertations, news media, images, sounds. Key e-resources are organized by topics that correspond to the MTS areas of focus plus ministry study and language courses. Key e- resources are also grouped by type (such as language dictionaries) and by title. The library website can also be used to access All Harvard E-Resources.


7. Find it @ Harvard Citation Linker

If you find a citation in one of these online search engines/article databases, click on the Find it @ Harvard link to automatically search HOLLIS to locate electronic and print copies of the article. If you find a citation for a journal article in a printed source, use Find it @ Harvard Citation Linker to locate electronic and print copies of the article at Harvard.


8. Scan & Deliver

It’s possible to request electronically scanned portions of certain items from library collections in print and currently on library shelves. Use the Scan & Deliver links in HOLLIS to request scans of articles and book chapters from materials at the Harvard Depository and participating libraries.


9. Get It Services

Items not currently available or checked out at Harvard Library can be requested from other institutions with  Get It  services. Get It services include Borrow Direct (unmediated borrowing from select libraries) and Interlibrary Loan Services.


10. RefWorks

Use RefWorks to organize book and article references in one or more virtual folders. From these references, you’re able to produce instant bibliographies in a citation style of your choice and can format the footnotes (or in-text citations) of documents you write with Microsoft Word. For information about Harvard-supported citation tools, see this page.


Contact Us

Cliff, Gloria, and Renata - Research Librarians at Andover-Harvard

Contact Andover-Harvard Research Librarians:

On our Ask a Librarian page

Voice: 617.496.AHTL [2485]

Text: 617.858.6187

You can also visit the research librarians on the 2nd floor. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 am-9 pm; Friday, 8:30 am-6 pm (except University holidays) during term time.

Research librarians will work with you to:

• Locate information

• Develop a research strategy

• Find relevant e-resources, books, and articles on any topic

• Work on any research-related question, problem, or skill


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