This guide is selective and intended as a point of departure for your research in History 1014: Pacific Crossings: Introduction to Asian American History

Please feel free to email us with questions. We can make an appointment for you to come in, and we can talk at length about your project.

Fred Burchsted (burchst@fas.harvard.edu) Research Librarian and Liaison to the Department of History, Widener Library.

Anna Assogba (assogba@fas.harvard.eduResearch Librarian, Lamont Library (With particular knowledge of Zotero and other citation management systems, and Spanish).

How the Guide is Organized

HOLLIS and WorldCat explains how to use the Harvard Lbrary's online catalog, HOLLIS and how to use WorldCat to find material not held by Harvard.

Background/Context/Biography offers help in starting out, in getting an overview of your topic and putting it in contemporary context, and on f finding out about the people you encounter in primary and secondary sources reading including the authors of primary sources

Secondary Sources lists ways of finding historical scholarship

The Finding Sources page offers an overview of the kinds of primary sources and links to additional information in the other pages of this guide or in other research guides.

Citing Sources introduces citation form guides and citation management software (Zotero, etc.).

The remaining pages list detailed resources for the kinds of primary sources mentioned in the Finding Sources page.

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.

General Information

Guides on a variety of subjects are via the Harvard Libguides site which includes some guides not accessible through Harvard Libraries.

Get It offers links and instructions for Borrow Direct, Scan & Deliver, and Interlibrary Loan

Widener Library Tours are available.

Locations of Computers, Scanners, Copiers, etc. in HCL libraries

Finding Book Reviews

Finding Dissertations and Theses