Library Guides

For a more comprehensive guide for historical research at Harvard Library please visit:

Library Research Guide for American Studies

Library Research Guide for History


Hollis User Guide.  

HOLLIS is the library's main search interface.  HOLLIS does not contain everything Harvard owns, and Harvard doesn’t own everything in HOLLIS, but we can get you almost anything.

 It includes the Harvard library catalog as well as a huge (and more heterogeneous) collection of citations for a variety of materials, including articles and book chapters. HOLLIS does not search the full-text of books and articles, though you find occasional exceptions.

Citation Tools

Citation and Research Management Tools - Use the guide, to learn more about these tools that enable you to collect and to organize your sources and to create bibliographies quickly.

Helpful Library Services

  • Ask a Librarian - Send us your question virtually.

  • Check Harvard Library Bookmark - install this tool to get quick access to material to which the Library subscribes.
  • Scan and Deliver - A free electronic document delivery service for Harvard students, faculty and staff.  You may request and obtain electronically scanned portions of certain items from the library collections that are currently on the shelf.

Digitial Humanities _ Text Analysis


Library Support for Qualitative Research

Text as Data in the Humanities Workshop ::  Wednesday, Oct 28 at 10 am

An introduction to the text analysis for literature with basic introduction to software packages. This workshop is an introduction to working with text as data in the humanities. This workshop will cover: gathering text corpora, copyright considerations, data cleaning, an introduction to some computational software tools, reading the output and analysis of topic modeling and cluster analysis, and general overview of common questions asked in computational literary studies.



A spin on the phrase "tag it!", Taguette is a free and open source qualitative research tool (which works on all operating systems!).After uploading documents, users can highlight words, sentences, or paragraphs and tag them with the codes you create. You can find more information about using Taguette via the getting started guide and FAQ.

Virtual Media Lab