Identify & Explore

Learn about your research topic on your own and/or with the help of experts. Search for newspaper and journal articles, interviews, transcripts, oral histories, digital images, e-books, case studies, past course syllabi, and more. Touch base with librarians, faculty, assistant/associate directors of undergraduate study, graduate students, or peers in your concentration to learn about ways to optimize your search and refine your research topic and questions.You can find more information about experts on the Get Help page and research tips on the Research Tips page.


Identify where to begin 


Explore search engines and catalogs for finding books, articles, other scholarly publications, and media across disciplines 

  • Database Search - A catalog of all Harvard databases and specialized search engines
  • HOLLIS - The Harvard Library catalog. Search all library resources at once
  • Academic Search Primer - A large database of both scholarly and mainstream articles
  • Google Scholar - A wide index of scholarly literature across many disciplines
  • JSTOR - Articles from scholarly journals. Best used for humanities and social science articles, as well as older science articles. 
  • Anthropological Literature - Scholarly articles devoted to anthropology, archaeology, and related research 
  • Business Source Complete - Articles from academic journals, magazines, and trade publications relating to business 
  • Nexis Uni - News, business, and legal sources from LexisNexis
  • MLA International Bibliography -  An index to scholarship on language, literature, linguistics, rhetoric and composition, folklore, and more
  • O’Reilly Learning Platform - Ebooks and videos on a variety of IT topics
  • Project Muse - An extensive collection of scholarly books and journals in the humanities and social sciences
  • PsycINFO - Peer reviewed literature on behavioral science and mental health
  • ArXiv - Free distribution service and an open-access archive for scholarly articles in physics, mathematics, computer science and more
  • PubMed- An archive of biomedical and life sciences literature, as well as latest research. 
  • University Press Scholarship Online - Recent books from Oxford, Chicago, Columbia, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Stanford, Yale, and more
  • WorldCat An aggregator for library catalogs from across the country,  as well as major international libraries
  • DASH - An open-access repository of research by members of the Harvard community
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global - A collection of theses and dissertations written at all North American universities  
  • De Gruyter/University Press Library - Various titles from Columbia, de Gruyter, UPenn, and the University of Toronto, especially those published in the last few years 
  • HathiTrust - A collection of digitized books and journals 
  • Syllabus Explorer - Explore old and new syallbi from various courses 
  • Research Guides - Guides for research by subject and field


Explore collections of digital images, datasets, maps, and more 


Explore selected periodicals, newspapers, and journals, accessible through Harvard library subscriptions