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Academic Search Premier

Academic Search Premier is a multi-disciplinary database covering over 4,500 scholarly publications including over 300 legal and law-related periodicals. Full-text is available for more than 3,500 of the publications and is searchable. Indexing and full-text availability varies by title. Complete coverage for most titles begins in the 1990s. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Chicago Manual of Style

The Chicago Manual of Style is an indispensable online reference for all who work with words. A quick guide helps users cite sources by showing clear examples of the Chicago-style citation and the full 15th edition of the manual is available for further reference. The easily searchable Q&A offers informative and entertaining answers to style and grammar questions. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Dissertations and Theses

Dissertations and Theses provides access to dissertations and masters’ theses from most North American colleges and universities as well as some in Europe. Provides full-text for most dissertations from 1990 to the present. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Harvard Google Book Search

Harvard Google Book Search allows you to search the full text of all books available in Google Book Search with a Find at Harvard University link displayed on every item in your search result set. Clicking the link brings you to the book’s HOLLIS catalog record. If an electronic version of the book has been licensed by Harvard, you will be taken directly to the full text of the e-book. (Harvard University ID and PIN may be required.)

Harvard Google Scholar

Harvard Google Scholar searches scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports. Google Scholar can be used to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web. Google Scholar’s relevance ranking takes into account the full text of each article as well as the article’s author, the publication in which the article appeared and how often it has been cited in scholarly literature. Google Scholar also automatically analyzes and extracts citations and presents them as separate results, even if the documents they refer to are not online. This means your search results may include citations of older works and seminal articles that appear only in books or other offline publications. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)


JSTOR, a not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to the development of a digital library in support of the arts and sciences. JSTOR comprises the full-text of more than 200 academic journals covering a very wide range of disciplines. JSTOR allows browsing by issue and full-text searching by discipline, by individual titles, or of the entire collection. Coverage of a journal begins with its first volume. However, current volumes are embargoed for a period of 1 to 7 years and are unavailable on JSTOR. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)


Kanopy is a video streaming service that provides access to over 26,000 films with broad and interdisciplinary content. The films are mostly documentaries, but some classic and popular films are included. Faculty can screen films in their classrooms, embed films and film clips in Canvas and share playlists on social media. Students and faculty can watch the films at home by logging in with HUID and PIN. All films come with public performance rights so group viewings at Harvard Law are allowed.

Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary contains the complete A-Z sequence of the Second Edition, its three-volume Additions Series, and also draft material produced in the progress towards the Third Edition. The OED is an historical dictionary of English, covering the language from the earliest times to the present day. It aims to show not only the current meanings of words, but also to trace their development through time. Entries contain detailed etymological analysis and are illustrated by quotations from a wide range of English language sources from around the world, making the OED a unique historical record. Revised and new entries are added to the online Dictionary every quarter, and will eventually cumulate to form the complete new edition. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

SSRN–Social Science Research Network

SSRN–Social Science Research Network provides access to new scholarship including working papers in accounting, economics, financial economics, law and management. Search by author, title and abstract keywords. Most papers are available for download in pdf format. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)


Anthropology Plus

Anthropology Plus is a comprehensive index of materials from the mid-1800s to the present in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology; ethnology, archaeology, folklore, and material culture; and interdisciplinary studies. Anthropology Plus combines two indexes: Anthropological Literature, produced by the Tozzer Library, Harvard University and Anthropological Index, produced by the Royal Anthropological Institute in the United Kingdom. Anthropological Literature covers the mid-19th century to present and Anthropological Index covers 1957 to present. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Arts & Humanities

Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature: ABELL

The Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature: ABELL contains 860,000 records, covering monographs, periodical articles, critical editions of literary works, book reviews and collections of essays published anywhere in the world from 1920 onwards. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

ARTbibliographies Modern

ARTbibliographies Modern contains abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, dissertations and exhibition reviews. The scope of ARTbibliographies Modern extends from artists and movements beginning with Impressionism in the late 19th century, up to the most recent works and trends in the late 20th century. Photography is covered from its invention in 1839 to the present. A particular emphasis is placed upon adding new and lesser-known artists and on the coverage of foreign-language literature. Approximately 13,000 new entries are added each year. ARTbibliographies Modern covers all aspects of modern and contemporary art, including performance art and installation works, video art, computer and electronic art, body art, graffiti, artists’ books, theater arts, crafts, jewelry, illustration and more, as well as the traditional fine arts of painting, printmaking, sculpture and drawing. Coverage from 1974 to present. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Art Full Text

Art Full Text provides access to articles from art and architecture periodicals published throughout the world. Full-text coverage for selected periodicals is also included. Periodical coverage includes English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch and Swedish. In addition to articles, Art Full Text indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals. Coverage from 1984 to the present with abstracts from 1994 and full-text from 1997. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

MLA International Bibliography

The MLA International Bibliography, produced by the Modern Language Association, consists of bibliographic records pertaining to literature, language, linguistics and folklore. The MLA International Bibliography provides access to scholarly research in over 3,000 journals and series, and includes coverage of relevant monographs, working papers, proceedings, bibliographies and other formats. Coverage from 1963 to the present. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)


American National Biography Online

American National Biography Online, a standard source for U.S. historical biography, includes over 17,400 biographies. American National Biography Online includes illustrations, cross-references and links to external web sites. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Biography and Genealogy Master Index

Biography and Genealogy Master Index provides citations to nearly 12 million biographical sketches in current and retrospective reference books, covering both contemporary and historical figures throughout the world. Biography and Genealogy Master Index provides name, date of birth and death, and citations to biographical source publications containing information about the individual. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Biography in Context

Biography in Context provides biographical information on over 900,000 people and includes full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Current Biography Illustrated

Current Biography Illustrated is strong on popular culture and political figures. Photographs are included for many of the subjects. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

World Biographical Information System

The World Biographical Information System Online (WBIS) is a comprehensive biographical database with information on persons, families, and groups from all classes and professions, from all countries and regions of the world, from the 4th millennium BC to the 20th century. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Business & Management


ABI/Inform provides access to articles in over 1,000 academic business, marketing, and management academic journals from 1971. Full-text is available for more than 500 of these publications. ABI/Inform includes over 350 English-language titles from outside the United States. Topics include business and management, economics, engineering management, finance, health care, marketing, advertising, banking, insurance, real estate, and telecommunications. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Business Source Complete

Business Source Complete provides access to articles from over 1,200 business-related academic journals, magazines and trade publications. Business Source Complete provides indexing and abstracts for a selection of the most important scholarly business journals as far back as 1886. Business Source Complete contains detailed author profiles for the 20,000 most-cited authors in the database. Business Source Complete also provides access to financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, book digests, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles and SWOT analyses. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)



EconLit provides access to articles and other documents related to economics. EconLit indexes articles in over 450 journals as well as books, book reviews, chapters in books, dissertations and working papers from 1969 to the present. EconLit covers a number of economics related subjects, including accounting, monetary policy, labor, marketing, demographics and modeling. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)


EconPapers provides access to research papers in economics including working papers, articles, books, chapters and software. EconPapers includes citation data and reference lists provided by the CitEc project. EconPapers may be searched and browsed. Browsing options include author, paper type and JEL (Journal of Economic Literature) classification code. EconPapers uses the RePEc database.

The Making of the Modern World

The Making of the Modern World is a digital collection of economic literature selected from the collections of the Goldsmiths’ Library of Economic Literature at the University of London Library and the Kress Library of Business and Economics at the Harvard Business School along with supplementary materials from the Seligman Collection in the Butler Library at Columbia University and from the libraries of Yale University. The Making of the Modern World digital collection focuses on economics as well as such related topics as political science, history and sociology and includes special collections on banking, finance, transportation and manufacturing. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

NBER Working Papers

NBER Working Papers. The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works. The NBER concentrates on four types of empirical research: developing new statistical measurements, estimating quantitative models of economic behavior, assessing the effects of public policies on the U.S. economy, and projecting the effects of alternative policy proposals. (Harvard University ID and PIN may be required.)


Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education is a highly respected source of news and information from the world of academia. Current issues are available in print in the Casual Reading area in the Lemann Lounge located adjacent to the Langdell circulation desk. Also available through Lexis Advance. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Education Abstracts

Education Abstracts provides access to articles from more than 535 English-language journals and yearbooks published in the United States and elsewhere. Also includes full-text from about 200 journals. English-language books relating to education published in 1995 or later are also indexed. Subject coverage includes adult education, comparative education, continuing education, educational technology, elementary and secondary education, higher education, school administration, special education, teacher education, teacher evaluation and vocational education. Articles indexed from 1983, with abstracts from 1994. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)


ERIC provides access to approximately 900 journals and 13,000 reports and government publications about education published since 1966. ERIC includes references to research reports, curriculum guides, conference papers and program descriptions, some of which are unpublished. Full-text of some documents available in ERIC Documents on Microfiche. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Gender Studies

Contemporary Women’s Issues

Contemporary Women’s Issues provides full-text access to a variety of English-language sources concerned with women’s issues in 190 countries. Contemporary Women’s Issues includes journals, newsletters, research reports, pamphlets, newspapers, directories, guides and fact sheets published in scholarly publications as well as published by government and non-profit agencies and international organizations. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)


GenderWatch is a full-text database of unique and diverse publications that focus on the impact of gender across a broad spectrum of subject areas. GenderWatch provides abstracts and the full-text of some 175 academic and scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, regional publications, books, booklets and pamphlets, conference proceedings and special reports. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)


GLBT Life provides access to over four hundred magazines, academic journals, news sources, gray literature and books that deal with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender concerns. The depth of coverage for individual core titles varies from a few months to many years. A number of historically important periodicals, among them Mattachine Review (1955-1964), ONE (1953-1967), and Christopher Street (1976-1995), are indexed for the entire period they were published. GLBT Life also includes indexing and abstracts for monographs, reference books and other sources. Notable features include a thesaurus and a variety of browseable indexes. Full-text is not available for every title indexed, but GLBT Life does provide full-text access to over fifty magazines and regional newspapers, and to more than sixty monographs and reference books, with additional links to full text articles in other EBSCO databases. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Studies on Women & Gender Abstracts

Studies on Women & Gender Abstracts, the online version of the bi-monthly print journal, provides access to abstracts from 1995 to present. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Women’s Studies Database

The Women’s Studies Database, produced by the University of Maryland, contains a variety of resources on women’s studies, including conference announcements and calls for papers, employment listings, bibliographies, syllabi, and reading lists, film reviews, information on Congressional bills and legislation affecting women and links to other electronic resources related to women.

Women’s Studies International

Women’s Studies International provides access to articles drawn from a variety of essential women’s studies databases which range in coverage from classic works and core studies to the latest scholarship in feminist research. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)


America: History and Life

America: History and Life is the primary bibliographic reference to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present, covering over 2,000 journals published worldwide. In addition to all key English-language historical journals, America: History and Life coverage includes selected historical journals from major countries, state and local history journals, and a targeted selection of journals in the social sciences and humanities. In addition to articles, the database includes book and media reviews and citations to abstracts of dissertations. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Archive of Americana

The Archive of Americana is a set of comprehensive digital collections of books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, government publications and ephemera including Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800; Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819; America’s Historical Newspapers, 1690-1876; American State Papers, 1789-1838; and the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1980. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Historical Abstracts

Historical Abstracts is a reference guide to the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life). Historical Abstracts covers 2,000 journals published throughout the world, including key historical journals from virtually every major country. All abstracts are written in English. In addition to articles, Historical Abstracts includes citations to books and dissertations of particular interest for historical research. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)



Alt-HealthWatch is a full-text database of periodicals, peer-reviewed journals, academic and professional publications, magazines, consumer newsletters and newspapers, research reports, and association newsletters focused on complementary, alternative and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. Alt-HealthWatch provides in-depth coverage, on both professional and consumer levels, across the full spectrum of more than two hundred therapies, modalities and perspectives addressed by integrated medicine. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)


Dynamed is a point-of-care reference resource designed to provide doctors and medical researchers with the best available evidence to support clinical decision-making. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)


PubMed with Full-Text indexes the international literature on biomedicine, including the allied health fields and the biological and physical sciences, humanities, and information science as they relate to medicine and health care from 1966 to the present. PubMed covers more than 3,600 journals published world-wide, as well as selected monographs of congresses and symposia. PubMed links to the full-text of articles in Harvard licensed journals. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)


Philosopher’s Index

Encompassing 30 languages, Philosopher’s Index is the premiere international source for articles, treatises and anthologies in philosophy. Coverage ranges from 1940 to the present with quarterly updating. Philosopher’s Index is of interest to legal scholars because the treatment from a philosophical perspective of topics such as law and economics, law and literature, property rights, ethics and natural law to which it provides access is only marginally represented in the legal secondary source literature. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Political Science & Government

International Political Science Abstracts

International Political Science Abstracts is produced by the International Political Science Association and provides abstracts of political science articles published in scholarly journals and yearbooks worldwide from 1989 to the present. Topics include method and theory, political thinkers and ideas, political and administrative institutions, political processes, international relations, and national and area studies. Foreign language titles are translated into English and most of the abstracts are available in English. Approximately 5% of the abstracts are in French. One strength of this database is its coverage of foreign language publications. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts provides access to the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration and policy from 1975 to the present. Abstracts are provided for most citations. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Psychology & Linguistics

Linguistics Abstracts Online

Linguistics Abstracts Online provides abstracts from more than 400 leading linguistics journals in a variety of linguistics fields. Linguistics Abstracts Online focuses on the theory and practice of general linguistics, not the various applications of the subject, nor the descriptive or historical study of individual languages or dialects, unless the study bears on some general issue in linguistic theory. Coverage from 1985 to the present with minimal coverage from 1982 through 1984. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts

Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts provides access to journal articles from over 1200 journals in all areas of language and linguistics. LLBA also includes books, book chapters, bibliographies, monographs and conference proceedings. International in scope, LLBA covers phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics as well as descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)


PsycINFO, produced by the American Psychological Association, provides access to the professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines, including psychiatry, education, linguistics and neuroscience from 1872 to the present. PsycINFO covers over 1,800 journals in more than 24 languages, as well as books, book chapters, dissertations and reports. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Public Policy & International Affairs

CIAO–Columbia International Affairs Online

CIAO–Columbia International Affairs Online is designed to be a comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. CIAO publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 to the present, including working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from non-governmental organizations, foundation-funded research projects and proceedings from conferences. CIAO includes links to international affairs centers, institutes, and resources, U.S., international, and foreign government sites, environmental studies sites and news media services. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Left Index

Left Index provides access to the diversity of literature on the political left from 1982 to the present. Topics covered include politics, economics, the labor movement, ecology and environment, women’s studies, race and ethnicity, social and cultural theory, sociology, art and aesthetics, philosophy, history, education, law, gender studies and globalization. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

PAIS–Public Affairs Information Service

PAIS–Public Affairs Information Service provides access to materials about public policy, including academic journal articles, yearbooks, books, reports and pamphlets. Items indexed include works by academics, agencies, international organizations and federal, state and local governments from 1972 to the present. PAIS covers over 1,600 journals and roughly 8,000 books each year. PAIS is international in scope and contains items in many romance languages. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)


PolicyArchive, a non-partisan public policy research digital archive, collects videos, reports, briefs, and multimedia material of think tank, university, government and foundation-funded policy research. (Registration required.)

Policy File Index

Policy File Index is a unique resource for U.S. public policy research in that it grants users access to timely, updated information from over 350 public policy think tanks, nongovernmental organizations, research institutes, university centers, advocacy groups, and other entities. Over 75 public policy topics are covered, from foreign policy to domestic policy.  The majority of Policy File Index records link directly to the full-text report, paper, document, or other source. Content is updated on a very frequent basis, with approximately 250 new records added weekly. Organizations are reviewed daily in order to add their latest information into Policy File Index and additional subjects and organizations are also added to the resource as needed (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)


ATLA Religion Index

ATLA Religion Index, produced by the American Theological Library Association, provides access to journal articles, essays and book reviews in the field of religion. Citations cover all religions and all theological points of view. Strong coverage from 1949 to the present, with some retrospective indexing back to 1881. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Index Islamicus

Index Islamicus, produced by the Islamic Bibliography Unit at Cambridge University Library, provides access to publications in European languages on all aspects of Islam and the Muslim world. Index Islamicus provides access to over 2,000 journals and series. Index Islamicus also covers conference proceedings, monographs, multi-authored works and book reviews. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

Science, Mathematics & Technology

Computing Reviews

Computing Reviews, published by the Association for Computing Machinery, provides full-text reviews of the computer science literature. The aim of Computing Reviews is to provide references and reviews on journal articles, books, technical reports, proceeding articles, and theses which the reviewers judge to be of high quality and relevance in their fields. The reviews are written by a team of reviewers in conjunction with category editors. Coverage from 1985 to the present. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

History of Science, Technology and Medicine

History of Science, Technology and Medicine provides access to books, book chapters and journal articles in the history of science, technology and medicine. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

IEEE Xplore

IEEE Xplore provides access to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) core collection of electronics, engineering and computer science publications, including IEEE Society-sponsored transactions, journals and magazines. Not all listed journals are included in Harvard’s subscription. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)


INSPEC, produced by the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE), contains abstracts and index citations for articles from journals and conference proceedings from 1898 to the present. Coverage is international in scope and includes all fields of physics, electrical engineering and electronics, control engineering, manufacturing and production engineering, computing and information technology, with significant additional coverage in materials science, oceanography, nuclear engineering, geophysics and biomedical engineering. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)


MathSciNet, produced by the American Mathematical Society, covers the world’s mathematical literature. Coverage from 1940 to the present. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

NTIS–National Technical Information Service

The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) is a government agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Its mission is to archive and provide access to scientific and technical reports produced by or for U.S. federal agencies. The NTIS archive includes research in the social sciences as well as the natural sciences. NTIS also archives and disseminates comparable reports from foreign sources. The NTIS collection is currently estimated at 3 million titles with approximately 35 percent coming from foreign sources. Over 70,000 new titles are added yearly. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)

PLoS–Public Library of Science

The Public Library of Science (PLoS) publishes peer-reviewed, open access scientific and medical journals that include original research as well as timely feature articles. PLoS articles are also deposited in the free public archive PubMed Central.

Web of Science

Web of Science is a multidisciplinary database, with searchable author abstracts, covering the journal literature of the sciences. Web of Science covers 5,700 major journals across more than 150 scientific disciplines. Because the information stored about each article includes the article’s cited reference list or bibliography, you can also search the databases for articles that cite a known author or work. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)


Sociological Abstracts

Sociological Abstracts is a core resource for researchers, professionals and students in sociology, social planning and policy and related disciplines. Sociological Abstracts provides access to over 1,800 journals, relevant dissertations, selected books and book chapters and association papers, as well as citations for book reviews and other media. Coverage from 1963 to present with abstracts available from 1973. (Harvard University ID and PIN required.)