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Welcome to GSAS and the Harvard Library!

Here are some links to get you started and give an idea of the ways the library can work with you during your time here. If you have questions about any of the links on this page, Ask a Librarian or check in with your department's Liaison librarian.

Getting Off the Ground

Get set up with EndNote, Zotero etc Citation and Reference Management Tools at Harvard

Quick access to online articles (if this fails to access a PDF, double-check in HOLLIS): Check Harvard Library Bookmark

Try the Browzine reader app for easy browsing and reading of journal articles.

Look up library materials in our HOLLIS catalog. Get to the best databases for your work through HOLLIS Databases, in a subject research guide-- or via your Liaison.

Maps, hours, etc:  Find a Space in the libraries to study or meet. Find out which library is open 24-7 and get the hours for each day. Libraries come up on the Harvard University Campus Map as well.

Library Liaisons

Your liaison librarian is a subject specialist who provides the primary research & instruction support for your department or program. He or she can help you navigate the complex systems and vast resources of Harvard Library.

Your liaison is familiar with the practices in your academic program and research fields and is here to help you make the most of your research.

Find your Liaison

Research Support

Digital Scholarship Support Group: staff from the library, IT, and other units provide support and training for data-centric approaches in the humanities and social sciences.

Office of Scholarly Communication: help with copyright & Fair Use; publishing contracts; open access publishing, and archiving your work in DASH, Harvard's institutional repository.

Beyond the current literature: check out Harvard Digital Collections for just a taste of our 380+ years of research materials.

Library Support for Your Teaching: we can help with assignment design, access to course materials (including copyright and reserves), instruction sessions and consults for your students.


This multi-day library research intensive for graduate students helps you lay the groundwork for a career in academic research. Session topics span the entire research process, and a host of expert instructors offer a multi-disciplinary perspective on research practices. Our goal is to make visible to you the network of research support staff across campus, and to give you the tools you need to develop an effective, resourceful, and creative research practice. 

Unabridged is on hiatus for academic year 2022-23 and will return in January 2024. Please sign up for the Unabridged email list if you would like to keep up to date with Unabridged program news and events, including the reopening of our application period in fall 2023.


Ask for help! Never pay for articles, books, software, DVDs, data, sheet music, archival digitizations without asking us first. If we don't have something we can usually get it for you.

Watch our Welcome video on the GSAS Welcomes Canvas site!

Access the slides below.