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.
When you search "everything" searching both of these databases together, at once. For better or for worse, "everything" is our system default.
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:
Limit your Everything search results set just to the items listed in the LIBRARY CATALOG.
Your numbers will immediately get smaller. Keep in mind, though, that the results will be heavily weighted toward book-length studies.
Limit your Everything search results set to items that are identified as PEER REVIEWED ARTICLES.
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.
Think about limiting your results to publications from the last 5, 10, 15, or 20 years.
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).
RESOURCES IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS
Despite the fact that our buildings are shuttered and librarians are meeting you via Zoom, HOLLIS can and should continue to be a key research resource, wherever students are. That's in part because of the sheer size and enormous variety of what it contains, but also because the content students can surface there is substantial.
Here are some ways to think through your digital options in HOLLIS.
This service, free to Harvard students even before the pandemic can be a lifesaver when you find something in the catalog that's essential -- but only available in print.
Scan & Deliver allows you to request a PDF of an article, a portion of a book (and now, a portion of a special collection, under some circumstances). Just remember that the library staff responsible for this service are returning to campus slowly, so the response time (usually within 4 days) may be delayed.
If HathiTrust has a digitized copy, you'll be able to check it out, reserves-style. Presently, loans are given for 1 hour, automatically renewable if there's no waiting list. The key here is to be sure you click on the button, top right and choose Harvard University
3. Borrow Direct
If you're on campus, in or around Cambridge, or close enough that you can get here easily, you'll be able to request "front door" pickup of materials at Lamont Library. Within HOLLIS, simply click on the "Request" button, beneath all of the descriptive information of an item record. We'll retrieve the item, quarantine, check it out to you, and bag it for you. You'll get an email with directions for scheduling a 15 minute pick-up window.
For books not available online via a HOLLIS link or through HathiTrust, the Open Library may be a good next step. You'll need to create a free account to "check out" books (temporarily, for up to 2 weeks).
area of exploration,research projects often require you to look close up at a body of research produced by scholars in a particular field.
This research is typically collected, codified, and made findable in a tool called a .
This database is an excellent next step after you've sampled what's available in HOLLIS+.
Like HOLLIS, it's also multidisciplinary in its coverage and it also provides you with a range of article types (some scholarly, some not).
But while still broad, it's a smaller universe than HOLLIS. Depending on your topic, in fact, searching in ASP may even be a more efficient route to quality information, simply because it will deliver a more manageable result set.
ATLA (American Theological Library Association) Religion Database is a key resource for identifying scholarship about all religions, all theological points, of view, and the intersection of religion with society, politics,and more.
The premier database for historical (or history-related) scholarship on the U.S. and Canada, from pre-history to the present.
The standard databases for accessing law reviews, legal publications, and primary source case law.
Remember to use all your HOLLIS search strategies here; good results depend on them!
WPSA provides citations to and summaries of journal literature in political science and related fields, including political sociology, political theory, economics, law, and public policy.
Google Scholar: One simple change to its settings can turn Google Scholar into what's effectively a Harvard database -- with links to the full-text of articles that the library can provide. Here's what to do: Look to the left of the GS screen and click on the "hamburger" (); then click on . Look for "Library Links." Then type Harvard University into the search box and save your choice. As long as you allow cookies, the settings will keep.
Through public opinion surveys, demographic studies and other social science research, we examine the religious composition of the U.S (and the world), the influence of religion on politics, the extent of government and social restrictions on religion, and views on abortion, same-sex marriage, stem cell research and many other topics.
Pew's 2014 U.S. Religious Landscape Survey is a benchmark for understanding religion in the United States.
Each week, CQ Researcher produces a 20-30 page report, devoted to one "hot button" topic in the U.S. -- a social concern, a political controversy, a public policy initiative, for example -- and then treats it in-depth, covering the issue fairly, and from all sides. Religious topics and controversy get some play here.
CQ Researcher issue briefs are designed for educated general readers and journalists. Typically, a report includes an overview, a timeline and history, statistics, a long-term outlook, and a bibliography, Topics include lists of important studies (some academic, some not), groups and organizations.
All CQ Researcher reports include a ready-made citation you can cut and paste into your bibliography.
The Supreme Court Yearbook (CQ Press)
In-depth coverage and analysis of every decision from the nation's highest court since the 1989-1990 term makes this database great for understanding contexts and controversies.
A large, full-text collection of English language news sources -- state, national, and international. Coverage begins (roughly) around 1980 for most of these sources. This database has nice features: the ability to search transcripts of TV and radio broadcasts, for example, and to limit to editorial and opinion pages.
To limit, put the following in the search box. Substitute your term(s) and include the parentheses: religion AND (op-ed or editorial).
Consider this e-resource as your best alternative to NexisUni. Owned by the Dow Jones company, Factiva allows you to search across 8000 or so news publications from the U.S. and around the world.
Full-text coverage sometimes extends further back than the 1980 cut-off point for Lexis-Nexis. Factiva allows for broad searching (but change the date parameters if your topic stretches back more than 3 months!). Results are nicely subdivided into categories on the left side of the screen for easier navigation.
For topics that were in the news earlier than 1980, this suite of databases (which includes the digitized content of important papers like th NYT, Boston Globe, LA Times, Washington Post (and more) is the obvious choice.
1995 is something of an arbitrary date marker; how much recent content you get in a historical newspaper database can vary from newspaper title to newspaper title.
But in general, if you think "older" news (25 years), think Proquest Historical first.
A site that brings together audio, text, and supporting scholarly and legal materials around cases that end up at the nation's highest court.
Its stated mission is to "defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country." Two pages might be useful your Essay 3 research:
Sue Gilroy wants to hear from you! Send me an email, if you want to triage that way. We can also do a virtual consult on Zoom at a time that's good for you. I can flex -- so if you're in a distant time zone, let's see what we can do to make things work.
Our library-wide email service is Ask-a-Librarian. You can send questions -- or appointment requests -- in through this channel, too: they'll make their way to me or to another library expert who'll be in touch to help, often within a few hours (and always by the next day).
From any HOLLIS page, or from the blue banner on the right-hand side of the Ask-a-Librarian page, you can initiate a chat session with a librarian on call. We've expanded our service hours to accommodate -- as we can -- time zones you may be working in. Here's our schedule:
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