Use HOLLIS to Find PAEs from Past Years

Most past PAEs can be found in our online catalog, HOLLIS.  Search by title and/or author to locate specific PAEs in HOLLIS. You can also enter "policy analysis exercise" using quotes in your search and add keywords to find relevant PAEs.
Below are some sample searches:

  • "policy analysis exercise BGP  [limits your search to BGP PAEs only; Note 2020 PAEs were not assigned an academic area]
  • "policy analysis exercise" corruption
  • "policy analysis exercise" "public finance"
  • "policy analysis exercise" "corporate social responsibility"

If you cannot obtain a PAE via HOLLIS, please email for access. Include the author name, date of PAE and academic area if known.

For help with searching and finding PAEs, go to How do I find PAEs that are held at the HKS Library.

Interdisciplinary Databases (search tools with many contents)

Notes:  EBSCOhost and ProQuest host many databases for a range of contents, from statistics, journals, newspapers, theses, to government documents.  They function as a search tool and you can search all, multiple, or selected databases within each platform. As an alum, you may have access to EBSCOhost Academic Search Alum Edition.  Save time and get better results by using their search guides:  EBSCO search help ; ProQuest search tips.

Find Data and Evidence

Finding Books

HOLLIS, the catalog for all of Harvard's 30+ libraries, is the best place to look for books.

Search Tips

•Sign in with your Harvard Key for full access to content, borrowing options and the ability to save searches.
•Use Library Catalog, not Everything when searching for PAEs, books, e-books, and journal titles.
•Limit your search to online only to find e-books.
  • Follow subject headings to locate similar books on the same topic such as Public-Private sector cooperation

 Example searches:

  • "social enterprise" shareholders
  • "data driven decision making" government
  • public private partnerships COVID-19 tracing

Digital Scans of Articles and Book Chapters

Use the Scan & Deliver option in HOLLIS to get 1-2 chapters scanned from a print book or an article from a journal only available in print. If this service is available for an item you will see it as an option within the item's record when logged into HOLLIS with your Harvard Key.

Use Interlibrary Loan to get articles that are in journals or book chapters not available through Harvard Library. If you have not used this service before you will need to register first before submitting your request. Print books are currently unavailable through this service.

Find Grey Literature

List of types of grey literature.
Search using Google conventions such as:

  • Putting quotation marks around phrases.
  • Including a minus sign [-] with no space in front of a description of what you don't want. (This can also be useful for removing results from a certain think tank in your results).
  • Change Sort by relevance to Sort by date.

Locate News Sources

Search news aggregators available through Harvard Library for regional and international news stories.

Search for Harvard Library online access to specific newspapers, magazines and journals at Find a Journal.

See our News & Media Studies guide for even more news resources.

Browse our Research Guides by Subject

These guides include a mix of Harvard & free resources. Note that each HKS guide includes a data section. All HKS Research Guides are linked from this site.

Review all HKS Library Business Research FAQs