Tracking Stuff Down: Essential Services

Know What We Can Get for You

We'll make a PDF of any journal article that's not available online or up to two chapters from any book in print.  Turnaround time is 4 days (and often less).

If Borrow Direct doesn't turn it up, we can cast a wider net to get you what you need.

If our copy is unavailable, we'll get one for you from one of our partner libraries, within 4 business days.

If there is no holding library and the item is a candidate for Harvard Library's collection, you may suggest that we acquire itwhether a book, film, journal, database, etc. Specify the desired format.

With HOLLIS Special Request, you may click "Request to Copy or Visit" under Access Options in HOLLIS.

Find Full Text

Tools and Tricks

Not sure if we've actually got it?

Ask us--we can usually find the needle in an information haystack!

Keep Things Organized


This is a free, open-source citation management tool. Zotero make the process of collecting and organizing citations, incorporating them into your paper, and creating a bibliography or works cited page almost entirely stress-free!  

It's worth the small investment of time to learn Zotero.  A good guide, produced by Harvard librarians, is available here: