USING HOLLIS WELL: THREE CONSIDERATIONS
1. Understand what it is.
HOLLIS combines the extensive contents of our library catalog, the record every item owned by every Harvard Library with those of another, large and multidisciplinary database of journal, newspaper, and magazine articles.
The system's default setting is to search both of these databases together, at the same. You can, of course, separate the "Catalog" from "Articles" in those circumstances when results seem too big or too diffuse.
2. Know how to work it.
Creating search strings with some of the techniques below can help you get better results up front.
3. Take control of your results.
While the broad and panoramic approach to searching HOLLIS can be mind-opening, you can sometimes find yourself overwhelmed by either the numbers or types of results your search returns.
When that happens, try one of these easy tricks:
Your numbers will immediately get smaller. Keep in mind, though, that the results will be heavily weighted toward book-length studies.
You'll eliminate newspaper and magazine materials as well as books, of course, but you'll also raise the visibility of scholarly journal articles in what displays.
By doing so you'll get a snapshot of the most recent research trends and scholarly approaches in a field (or around a particular issue).