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CONNECT YOUR BROWSER TO LIBRARY ACCESS (requires HarvardKey)

Always check with the library before paying for access to anything - we provide a lot more access than meets the eye!

STAY INFORMED

REQUEST A CARREL (requires HarvardKey)

Graduate students are eligible to have a carrel in the Widener stacks, including a small locker space. Consider fingerless gloves - the stacks are on the chilly side!

  • Start the process with the carrel request form. Confirmation may take a few weeks, especially at the start of term. Check Widener stacks materials out to your carrel, including non-circulating materials like bound periodicals.

EXPLORE COLLECTIONS

There are over 70 Harvard libraries, and more collections than you will be able to get to. Your first weeks on campus are a great time to generate ideas about collections and kinds of materials you may want to work with.

  • Discover the range of materials with Explore Collections on library.harvard.edu and Harvard Digital Collections (already-digitized materials).

  • Dig deeper with each library's home page: from Locations & Hours, select a library name to learn more about the history and organization of our collections, plus special highlights.

FIND YOUR TOUCHSTONE DATABASES (requires HarvardKey)

Harvard licenses thousands of databases and e-resources. Now is the time to familiarize yourself, so you can navigate quickly to what you need as your deadlines approach.

MAKE A BROWZINE ACCOUNT (requires HarvardKey)

Keep up with the latest research in your field.

LEARN ZOTERO

Software that grabs citations for you and helps you organize all of your research, notes, and PDFs in one easily accessible place on your computer or in the cloud.

PROTECT YOUR COPYRIGHT

Do this BEFORE you publish, to ensure that you retain the right to your own work.