This guide is intended to give students in English 259/History 2321:Methods in Book History a resource for guidance in library research. It is selective, identifying only a limited array of sources. The sources and strategies here are points of departure; our hope is that they lead to others of interest.
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Getting What You Need
There is a guide to Finding Materials in Widener.
Finding a pertinent book on the shelf and then looking at its neighbors is an excellent way of finding more material, because the call number system is also a subject system: QH 30 means biographies of biologists and naturalists.
If a book is checked out, you can probably get it within 1-4 days via Borrow Direct. This is quicker than recalling it from the person who has it.
The new Harvard Direct system allows you to request a book from Countway Medical, the Law Library or Widener to be delivered to another. Hit Request item on the HOLLIS record for a book that is not checked out. More on Harvard Direct.
If you have the citation to an article which is not available online or the pages or chapter (up to 30 pp.) from a book, Scan & Deliver will email you the pdf within 1-4 days. Hit Scan & Deliver on the HOLLIS record.
Interlibrary Loan will obtain, generally within 1 week-10 days, material not held by Harvard. This includes books (for which try the quicker Borrow Direct first), DVDs, microfilm and other formats. ILL will also obtain scans of periodical articles and book chapters not available at Harvard: choose Request Article/Chapter under ILL Requests on your ILL page. This takes only 1-4 days. Use WorldCat to verify references for InterLibrary Loan. Give them the Accession no. at the bottom of the WorldCat record in the OCLC field of the ILL request form.
Guide to Graduate Student Resources covers many of the basics, including use of the online catalog, HOLLIS, and the Harvard gateway to electronic resources, Harvard Library. To find research guides in Harvard Library: E-Resources: choose Subject + Resource Type: Research Guides. Guides are also available via the Harvard Libguides site which includes some guides not accessible through Harvard Libraries.