For your MUSE E-102 research project, you'll want to engage with HOLLIS, Harvard's information discovery system, to identify at least some of the sources you'll need.
To be sure you have the ability to move confidently in the HOLLIS environment, we've given it some detailed treatment in this course guide.
We also know, however, that for the work you'll do beyond this course you'll need a repertoire of research tools beyond HOLLIS -- databases for searching journal literature in more depth, contextualizing sources, even some software for keeping track of what you find. These facets of research are included below.
Remember that the staff of the Harvard Fine Arts Library and the curators at the Harvard Art Museums can offer additional, special kinds of subject expertise. You should feel free to contact them for a virtual consultation on a project.
Enjoy your work and reach out to me at any point for advice or with questions! We can meet on Zoom to talk at more length.
Sue Gilroy, Librarian for Undergraduate Writing Programs, Lamont Library
Jonathan Paulo, Online Learning and Reference Librarian, Lamont Library
Above: Haida Effigy Pipe. Carved wood and ivory, with hinged arms. Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada, c. 1840, PM 84-57-10/R195 (digital file #60742839).Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University
Brings together and allows simultaneous searching of four of the most important tools for art historical research:
PRO SEARCHING TIPS
Despite the fact that our physical items are unavailable and buildings are shuttered, HOLLIS can and should continue to be a key research resource, wherever students are. That's in part because of the sheer size and enormous variety of what it contains, but also because the online content students can surface there is substantial.
1. Search HOLLIS as you typically would (we give some advice on constructing effective search strings here). Results can then be limited, via the right-side filters, to materials ONLINE.
The limiter for online materials (like other filters) can be locked for the duration of your HOLLIS search session. When you apply the filter, it will, by default, look like this: When locked, the icon color changes to blue:
Locking filters is a useful option when you want to modify a search, do a completely new search, jump to a subject heading string,etc. You can mix and match locked and unlocked filters, too, as in this example:
2. Many publishers are opening up temporary, emergency access to a wide array of e-books, textbooks, and digital materials that fuel scholarship. Listed below are several that may have particular utility for students and faculty working on social science and interdisciplinary research projects, including those for Expos 20.
University of Michigan E-Book Platform
HathiTrust Emergency Library: If we have it, and HathiTrust has a digitized copy, you'll be able to check it out, reserves-style. Presently, loan are given for 1 hour, renewable if there's no waiting list. The key here is be sure you click on the button, top right and choose Harvard University.
NOTE: Harvard Libraries do not, at present, subscribe to all of the e-book collections offering expanded, free access to their content. Access will most likely sometime between late-April and June 2020 (depending on the publisher).
WorldCat is a database of library databases; using zipcodes, it can tell you which libraries in your vicinity own the book.
Search and select a title, add your location, and see what happens.
As long as any of the area libraries allow you in (often a phone call or a scan of their website will clarify policy), you'll be in luck!
OTHER OPTIONS FOR TRACKING DOWN BOOKS:
1. Check the catalog of the large PUBLIC LIBRARY in your area. Depending on the region, the size of the library, its mission, and its funding, a local public library may have a significant research component to its collection (The Boston Public Library at Copley Square is a prime example).
2. If you live near one of the libraries in the BORROW DIRECT system, you might be able to use your Harvard credentials to get onsite access (or loan privileges). Rules vary, but asking is worth a shot!
3. Ask your local library about an INTERLIBRARY LOAN (ILL). Libraries routinely borrow from each other on behalf of their patrons; if you have a library card, you should be able to request it (or have a librarian do so). ILL can take a bit of time, however. You might wait a week or a bit more before the item arrives. Some places charge a small fee for the service.
4. If you need a specific chapter from a book in Harvard's collection, or an article from a journal that's not online, use the SCAN AND DELIVER service. You'll receive a PDF of the material within four working days.
In addition to covering art historical topics in depth, this database also covers topics such as museum design and construction; programming, exhibition spaces, and visitor experiences; cultural heritage; museum collections and their curation.
The scope of ARTbibliographies Modern extends from artists and movements beginning with Impressionism in the late 19th century, up to the most recent works and trends in the late 20th century. The database covers all aspects of modern and contemporary art, including performance art and installation works, video art, computer and electronic art, body art, graffiti, artists' books, theater arts, crafts, jewelry, illustration, and more, as well as the traditional fine arts of painting, printmaking, sculpture, and drawing.
This database provides the most comprehensive coverage of scholarship in the disciplines of art history and architectural history. It will surface information on articles published, since 2008, from 1,200 academic journals. Also included are citations to art-related book content, conference proceedings, dissertations, and exhibition catalogs.
Image, above: Harvard University Art Museum, photo by Basher Tome, January 23, 2015, Flickr Commons, CC x 2.0
This database is considered the gold standard for researching business-related topics of all kind. If you're interested in museum marketing, planning, funding, or administration, this is a resource to explore.
Use this database for topics that touch on museum education, exhibit creation, and instructional practice.
Image, left, from the Blaschka Glass Models of Plants Collection, Harvard Museum of Natural History. Photo taken by Curious Expeditions, March 16, 2009. Flickr Commons CC-By-NC-SA 2.0.
The essential database for topics related to the U.S. and Canada. Local history is well-represented, as is scholarship on history museums more generally.
ontains full-text of nearly 30 journals and newsletters, all published by the American Anthropological Association. Look here for discussions of cultural heritage, material culture, museums of anthropology, science, and natural history (among other things).
A core resource for researchers, professionals, and students working in sociology, social planning and policy, and many related disciplines. It draws its contents from more than 1800 journals, relevant dissertations, selected books and book chapters, and association papers, as well as citations for book reviews and other media. Look here for studies of museum culture, the social experience of museums, the political dimensions of museums and collectioms, etc.
A good option for projects that might involve natural history museums and science/technology-focused museum topics, particularly in their historical contexts.
Broadly searches across the sciences, social sciences, and humanties. NOTE: the default display of results is by year; you may get more pertinent information -- depending on your topic -- by resorting by relevance.
One simple change can turn Google Scholar into what's effectively a Harvard database -- with links to the full-text of articles that the library can provide. Here's what to do: Look to the left of the GS screen and click on the "hamburger" (); then click on . Look for "Library Links." Then type Harvard University into the search box and save your choice. As long as you allow cookies, the settings will keep.
Lean Library: a browser plugin that (nearly always) identifies digital availability of items at Harvard and runs automatically as you search books and articles.
Zotero, a free, open source citation management tool will take the process of collecting and organizing citations, incorporating them into your paper, and creating a bibliography or works cited page to the next level.
It's worth the small investment of time to learn Zotero. A good guide, produced by Harvard librarians, is available here: http://guides.library.harvard.edu/zotero.