Welcome

This guide is selective and intended as a point of departure for your research for History 97g: "What is Legal History?".

For general historical sources see Library Research Guide for History to which there are several links in this guide.

See also: Legal History on the Web (Duke University)

Please feel free to email us with questions. We can make an appointment for you to come in, and we can talk at length about your project. Fred Burchsted, (burchst@fas.harvard.edu) Research Librarian and Liaison to the Department of History, Widener Library or Anna Assogba (assogba@fas.harvard.edu), Research Librarian, Lamont Library.

Getting What You Need

There is a guide to Finding Materials in Widener.

Finding a pertinent book on the shelf and then looking at its neighbors is an excellent way of finding more material, because the call number system is also a subject system:  QH 30 means biographies of biologists and naturalists.

If a book is checked out, you can probably get it within 1-4 days via Borrow Direct.  This is quicker than recalling it from the person who has it.

The new Harvard Direct system allows you to request a book from Countway Medical, the Law Library or Widener to be delivered to another.  Hit Request item on the HOLLIS record for a book that is not checked out.  More on Harvard Direct.

If you have the citation to an article which is not available online or the pages or chapter (up to 30 pp.) from a book, Scan & Deliver will email you the pdf within 1-4 days. Hit Scan & Deliver on the HOLLIS record.

Interlibrary Loan will obtain, generally within 1 week-10 days, material not held by Harvard.  This includes books (for which try the quicker Borrow Direct first), DVDs, microfilm and other formats.  ILL will also obtain scans of periodical articles and book chapters not available at Harvard: choose Request Article/Chapter under ILL Requests on your ILL page.  This takes only 1-4 days. Use WorldCat to verify references for InterLibrary Loan. Give them the Accession no. at the bottom of the WorldCat record in the OCLC field of the ILL request form.