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Research Help

Librarians, curators and archivists have expertise in the fields taught and studied at the University, know the treasures in the collections from data sets to manuscripts and are glad to help with your research.


The Right Sources and Strategies

  • Which historical newspapers and current news sources are available online? I need information on Harvard and the Civil War. How do I find statistics on education? I need to find a treaty and I have a citation. I'm writing a paper on ethnomusicology. How do I research hedge funds? I need to use PubMed. What is EndNote?  Where should I start?

    Whether you need to confirm a fact or find evidence to develop an argument, track down an article or reference, identify the core scholarly resources in a discipline, choose a citation tool or find special materials like digital images of works of art, maps, musical scores, diaries or astronomical data, you can find answers in these research guides.


Research Help/Request a Research Appointment

  • The Harvard Library research librarians have a broad range of subject expertise and a deep understanding of the Library’s many print, online and archival collections. Like the collections, they are a resource to be mined.

    Members of the Harvard University community and visiting researchers may request an appointment with a research librarian who will provide advice on defining or refining a research question, developing a research strategy and locating and using subject-specific sources.

    For those beginning research in a new area, get advice on the best bodies of literature and journal collections for your research question, as well as tips for searching more efficiently.

    For those working on more in-depth research, get advice on planning a comprehensive literature review, tracking your searches and organizing and managing your references.