Start searching general library resources
The place to start searching for books (both print and electronic) is Harvard's library catalog, HOLLIS:
- Sign in to HOLLIS with your Harvard Key for the most complete results and a more streamlined user experience.
- Use the "Library Catalog" search option (not "Catalog & Artciles") if you're looking specifically for books, journals, or previous PAE/SYPAs.
- Use filters and facets to refine your search results if necessary, or use the advanced search option for more targeted searches.
For scholarly articles, start with one or several of our broad, multi-disciplinary databases:
We particularly recommend the Social Science Premium Collection because it contains several databases highly relevant to political and policy research, e.g. PAIS (Public Affairs Information System) and IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences).
News articlesFor news, check the vast array of individual publications you have access to on our guide to popular newspapers and magazines. Also check the following aggregators, which both allow you to search over multiple publications simultaneously and include many publications that are not available individually:
Policy papers and other gray literature
First, try our HKS Think Tank Search, a custom Google search across the websites of 1,200+ U.S. and international think tanks. Simply search using standard Google conventions (i.e. putting quotation marks around phrases).
Also of interest:
Most past PAEs can be discovered in HOLLIS. If you know the title and/or author, you can use these to search for the PAE. You can also enter
"policy analysis exercise" using quotes in your search and add keywords to find relevant PAEs.
Here are some example searches including keywords:
Starting with the MPP class of 2020, PAEs are available electronically. Earlier PAEs can be requested in print using the "request pickup" option on their respective HOLLIS record; they will be delivered to the HKS Library and can be used in the library only.
You can see information about earlier SYPAs on KNet, including a library of them to view.
SYPAs not available to view in HOLLIS can be requested in print using the "request pickup" option on their respective HOLLIS record; they will be delivered to the HKS Library and can be used in the library only.