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Claude Monet's painting: Bridge Over a Pool of Water Lilies
5 Things You Need to Do for Your Research:

  1. Meet with a research librarian in your field of study. Librarians can help you find the books, articles, and other resources you need and answer any questions you have.
  2. Learn how to use the libraries. Ask about how to use our library catalog, HOLLIS+, at a library reference desk or make an appointment to meet with a librarian.
  3. Find a place to study: Widener, Lamont, or another library specific to your research field.
  4. Learn how to use citation tools to save the information you use in your research as you go.
  5. Use the library's research guides to find the best materials within your subject area.

Bridge Over a Pool of Water Lilies, Claude Monet, French, 1840-1926. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image used with IAP permissions, available via ArtStor.

(last updated August 2015)


Useful words to know for using the library and doing research:

  • carrel: a study desk for an individual
  • catalog: an organized, searchable listing of the library's collection
  • citation: an item's title, author, and publication information listed in a specific, concise format
  • database: a searchable collection of information that will direct you where to look for an item or, in some cases, contain the item itself
  • e-resource: electronic resource - a source of information available online
  • full-text: the complete body of a work
  • holdings: the library's collections
  • HOLLIS+: Harvard's online catalog
  • stacks: the area in the library where the books are kept