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Beyond Harvard: Public Policy Research as HKS Alumni

What can the HKS Library do for you?

After graduation, the librarians at Harvard Kennedy School Library & Knowledge Services are still here to help. In this guide you will find information about HKS Library Services for Alumni including Academic Search Alumni Edition, a database containing full text scholarly articles, HKS Alumni Library Cards, and links to recommended free sources for articles, data, and other forms of information.

Although we are unable to provide alumni with information from Harvard's subscription databases, we can help you locate the research you need through free resources or provide you with citations for articles or books that you can request through Interlibrary Loan services at you local library.

Access to Free Full-text Articles for Alumni

Visitors, including alumni, can use the two computers in the Library Commons for access to all library resources. Printing for these computers costs $.08/per page and requires payment through Crimson Cash either on a Crimson Cash Card or on a Harvard University ID. Crimson Cash Cards can be purchased and value added to them at the Crimson Cash Value Transfer Station available right outside the HKS Library between the vending machines. Money can be added to the cards or IDs online at 

For remote users Harvard Library now provides access to the following resources using your Harvard Key. Go to For Harvard Alumni for more information.

Licensed Electronic Resources

Full-text coverage of core scholarly journals.
Note: Current issues are available for some, but not most, journals in JSTOR.

Project Muse — Standard Journal Collection 
Full text of scholarly journals published by university presses and scholarly societies in the humanities and the social sciences.

ABI/Inform Complete
Largely full-text database combining scholarly journals, trade publications, newspapers and more in business and management, including economic conditions, accounting and finance.
Note: The Wall Street Journal is not available in this collection.

EBSCO Academic Search Alumni Edition 
A scholarly collection of journals covering the major areas of academic research.
Note: Not all titles are available in full text.


Sage Journals provides the full text of journals in the social sciences and humanities, health sciences, life and biomedical sciences, and materials sciences and engineering.

Sage Research Methods includes case studies, articles and other materials on research methods.

CQ Press Library includes the CQ Almanac, Voting and Elections Collection, and a broad range of local and state data.

American Medical Association Journals
Full text access to the current issues and archives of JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, and all of the other JAMA journals.

Annual Reviews
Full-text of critical reviews of the research literature in disciplines within the biomedical, life, physical and social sciences, including economics.

Cambridge University Press

Cambridge Companions Online is an eBook series providing introductions to major writers, philosophers, artists and musicians.

Cambridge Histories Online is an eBook series of works published since 1960 on general and regional history, literary studies, philosophy and religion.


Access to Library Collections


Research Guides

Be sure to take a look at our other research guides. These guides include links to websites that are freely available to all researchers.