Remote Research

What to do when you don't have full access to Harvard's print collections

STAY IN TOUCH

  • English, Comp Lit, and RLL affiliates: contact Odile if you need something and can't find access. I'm here to help you troubleshoot!
  • Sign up to receive Harvard Library update emails (every 2-4 weeks) and be the first to learn about new services or changes to existing services.
  • The yellow banner alert at the top of library.harvard.edu links to the latest information on Harvard's library services.

 

LOOK IN MULTIPLE PLACES

Remember that HOLLIS's "Everything" is NOT everything

  • Some items may lack an "ONLINE ACCESS" link, or not exist in HOLLIS at all, and yet still be available to you via another Harvard-licensed platform
  • Ebook access is often listed separately from print holdings: in HOLLIS, use the "book" and "online" filters to check for additional listings

 

Don't forget your public library! 

 

Public Libraries - Online Access & Book Pickup
  • Harvard students are eligible for an ecard to the Boston Public Library
    • You must register from a US-based ip address if using your @harvard.edu email address, or from a Massachusetts-based ip address if using a personal email address
  • If you are located outside of Massachusetts, check your local public library and/or ask the librarians there about additional online access options (or just Google: [town name] [state] public library ebooks)
Public Universities
  • Many public universities offer some kind of borrowing privileges to all residents of the state. Search for "library privileges" plus the name of the public university or college closest to you.

 

CAN'T ACCESS SOMETHING? LEARN *ABOUT* IT

Book reviews:

Mentions:

  • Performing a cited reference search is a good way to find these. Start with Google Books and Google Scholar.

Encyclopedia entries and scholarly companions:

 

DON'T FORGET TO BROWSE!

Most experts recommend browsing (walking the library shelves, flipping through an entire volume) as the best method to gain a sense of the "landscape" and to find overlooked or unexpected material

  • Starts with/browse option in HOLLIS - call number is especially helpful. (See the HOLLIS User Guide for tips.)
  • Most platforms offer ways to explore serendipitously. Look for:
    • "collections"
    • "browse"
    • "publications"
    • "about"
  • When you find good content, look at the top of the web page and on side menus for links back to the larger container so you can explore that---the specific issue an article appeared in, the journal, the book or book series, the themed collection, etc.

 

NEED PRIMARY SOURCES? TRY THESE:

 

Searchable Full Text Scholarship

Top picks for literary studies, reproduced from https://guides.library.harvard.edu/litgrads/databases