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ALM Research Guide: Social Sciences Edition


Working toward an ALM degree and writing your thesis can be a remarkable intellectual and undefinedpersonal experience. 

At the end of the journey, you'll be a changed person.  For one thing, you'll have, quite literally, mastered a subject. You'll have figured out a way to advance a proposition clearly and convincingly. And you'll have expressed that hard-won knowledge, publicly and officially, in a written document: the thesis or capstone article.

Your road to the ALM will not always be straightforward,  however. Some stretches will be smooth and others will seem uncomfortably bumpy. You might head down some blind alleys, especially at the beginning. You'll arrive at crossroads that might require you to change your research direction; you might even have to pave your own path, pioneer style, in still-uncharted intellectual territory. 

This guide is meant to help you navigate the terrain, by identifying general strategies for getting yourself organized and advice on common researcher pitfalls you can avoid.

Additionally, you'll find a description of several of the cross-disciplinary databases librarians most commonly recommend; top subject databases for specific disciplines; some methods texts that ALM instructors regard highly; and information on library experts and specialized resources for your particular ALM track.

For help with HOLLIS, refer to the HOLLIS page on the Library Guide for Harvard Extension School.  

Contact us anytime with questions big or small, and enjoy your CTP adventure!

Mary Frances Angelini, Research Librarian for the Harvard Extension School

Jonathan Paulo, Online Learning and Research Librarian, Harvard Extension School 

Susan Gilroy, Research Librarian, Harvard College Library