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Our faculty services team offers personalized support for your research, teaching, and scholarship.

Research Support

Request Books & Articles

Harvard Law School faculty can use our Faculty Research & Information Delivery Assistance (FRIDA) services to request known documents for retrieval and delivery.

We will find books, articles, court documents, and other materials for you.

If a book or article is unavailable at Harvard, we will get it from another library or request a purchase.

Personalized Research Assistance

Our Research Librarians can:

  • Answer your questions and help you navigate a wide variety of research databases
  • Prepare topical bibliographies, recommend databases, or track down data/facts to supplement your research
  • Set-up alerts to highlight new developments in your areas of interest

Research Projects

Research Librarians can perform discrete research projects for you.

For example, 3-5 hours/week over one or more weeks (larger projects may be better suited for an RA).

Research Assistants

We can work with your research assistant to introduce them to relevant resources and show them some useful research techniques. A Research Librarian will remain available throughout the project to answer questions and provide additional research assistance as needed.

More Research Support Services

  • Empirical Research

    Empirical Research Services can help you with

    • Full support for finding, acquiring, cleaning, reformatting, merging, and scraping data
    • Statistical analysis of data
      • Identifying testable hypotheses
      • Research design
      • Consulting on validity and reliability
      • Analyzing, visualization, and reporting
    • Conducting field experiments, mturk, and nationally representative surveys
    • Data visualization
    • Text analysis, geographical information systems (GIS)
    • Review grant applications for sound methodology; application support for IRB compliance

    Schedule a consultation to get started

  • Get a account for web citations preserves the website links you use in your scholarship so they’re permanently accessible. We can set you, your faculty assistant, and your research assistants up with an account and train you on the basics.

Tools for Research

Publishing Your Work

We offer a range of services to support you in publishing your scholarship, from posting your working papers to publicizing your final work. We can help you:

  • Schedule a book talk for the Faculty Book Talks Series
  • Post your work to SSRN, DASH, or other open-access research networks
  • Update the Publications tab on your faculty profile
  • Add your publications to the Library’s Red Set (an archive of faculty works)
  • Manage your ORCID and HeinOnline profiles
  • Identify where to publish your work

Article Submission Service

The law school supports Scholastica publication submissions by full-time HLS faculty. Our faculty services librarians are available to train you or your faculty assistant on using the Scholastica submission website.

Teaching & Course Material

In-Class Research Instruction

Invite a Research Librarian to your class to demonstrate research strategies. Email us for more information.

Reserves & Course Material

You can find detailed information about course reserves on the Harvard Library website, including:

  • Instructions on creating and managing reserves lists
  • Deadlines for reserve requests
  • Adding new materials to reserves
  • Requesting new purchases or scans for reserves
  • What Items Can I Request for Reserve?

    Yes – Can be reserved

    • All circulating library print materials
    • All electronic library resources
    • Course readings (lecture notes, sample exams, etc.)
    • DVDs

    No – Cannot be reserved

    • Inter-library Loan materials
    • Microfilm
    • Periodicals

Email with any questions or requests.

FRIDA can help with finding links for material available through our database collections for articles, cases, e-books, and government documents.

Questions about Canvas? Contact Learning Experience and Innovation (LXI) for support.

Create your own H2O Open Casebook

The H2O team can provide training for you or your faculty assistant and discuss the best process for building your H2O book. If you do not have support for a casebook project, H2O can offer a limited number of grants to hire an RA for a summer or semester.

Contact the H2O team to learn more

FRIDA can assist you and your faculty assistant with finding materials and links to the resources you wish to include in your open casebook