Do this first. Why? Because you need to be signed in to:
Use quotation marks to search for your terms as an exact phrase. Great for title searches.
AND, OR, and NOT must be in all caps to be recognized as operators.
Use parentheses to define the order of operations.
? matches a single character and * matches multiple characters.
To view items you have checked out and current HOLLIS requests, use the drop-down menu that appears next to your name once you have signed in.
*Items on Harvard’s shelves includes books, journals, newspapers, maps, DVDs, manuscripts, images, archives, and much more. The Catalog’s descriptions are maintained by Harvard staff and follow well-established rules for author names, subjects, and other descriptive components. This is why you'll find more reliable filters when you limit your search to Library Catalog.
The Library Catalog also searches the full text of Harvard’s archival finding aids, as well as the tables of contents for some books (i.e. individual chapter titles).
**"Everything" is NOT actually everything. It searches the Library Catalog as well as a huge index of citations. This index of citations pulls information from a wide variety of data sources. The descriptions are not under the control of Harvard staff, and they follow a huge variety of conventions for description and naming.