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  • See restricted articles if you're not on a library computer.
  • Request materials for delivery, Scan & Deliver, or from partner libraries outside Harvard through Get It Services (Borrow Direct & Interlibrary Loan).
  • Renew items in your account, see your requests, or what you have checked out. 
  • Save your search results for future use in "My Research."  Click on the checkbox next to an item and it will automatically be saved. 
  • Save your search queries and receive alerts when new items are added that match those searches.

Start searching

  • Just type subject, title, or author keywords in the HOLLIS+ search screen. 
  • Notice that there are many options to limit your search - you can look at only peer-reviewed journals; limit by material (Book, Newspaper Articles, etc.); select a particular library; etc.

Search like a librarian


Search for an exact phrase with quotation marks.
Great for title searches.
(Note: phrase searches cannot include wildcards).
"capital in the twenty-first century"
Include search terms with OR; exclude search terms with AND and NOT. (Use all caps for OR, AND, NOT). 
NSA OR "National Security Agency"
Find all forms of a word with wildcards. ? matches a single character and * matches multiple characters. 
(Note: phrase searches cannot include wildcards, and you cannot used a wildcard at the beginning of a word).
gene* therapy
Group related terms with parenthesis.

("Affordable Care Act" OR Obamacare) AND "birth control"


Text a call number

  • Click on a title in the search results, and go to the "Send to" menu. If you're signed in, HOLLIS+ will remember your phone number. 

Refine your results

  • Use the menu on the left-hand side of the screen to limit your results by availability, type, location, language, and more. 

Browse HOLLIS by...

  • View a list of titles, authors, or subjects in alphabetical order. You can also browse by library call number. 

Advanced search

  • Construct a complex search using the Advanced Search page. Ask a Librarian for help. We're here for you. 

"My Research" and "My Account / Renew" 

  • Save items for future reference 
  • Organize saved items into folders
  • View saved searches and alerts 
  • Renew items
  • See requests, loans, and fines

Research management and citation tools

HOLLIS+ is compatible with RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, and other research management and citation tools. 

  • Use the "Send to" link in a record to push a citation to a tool. 
  • Or, save a record to "My Research" and send it from there. 
  • Learn more about these tools.

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