Research & Instruction

Research Consultations | Senior Papers and Dissertations | Group Instruction
Contact a Research Librarian

Research Consultations

Research librarians will work with you to:

  • Locate information
  • Develop a research strategy
  • Find relevant e-resources, books, and articles on any topic
  • Work on any research-related question, problem, or skill

Visit the reference desk on the second floor of the library, call to ask a quick question, or make an appointment for in-depth research advice.

Senior Papers and Dissertations

Whether you have already defined a topic or are still trying to focus your ideas to shape a manageable topic, research librarians are here to assist you. We will work with you to:

  • Organize your library research
  • Develop search strategies
  • Build an exhaustive bibliography
  • Identify and learn to use relevant sources
  • Obtain research materials worldwide

Group Instruction

Research librarians work with faculty to develop demonstrations for students of subject-specific library resources. The faculty member chooses whether we meet with students during class time, at section meetings, or at another time. We are frequently asked to demonstrate online and print resources for the study of the Bible, church history, ethics, gender, and patristics, but we can accommodate any request that supports the curriculum at Harvard Divinity School.

We offer one-on-one orientations to Harvard's extensive and ever-growing library resources for faculty and their assistants (TAs, RAs, staff, etc.). We would like to meet with you in your office for a brief consultation about new online tools and e-resources in your field. Please send your TFs and RAs to us before they embark on course- or research-related work. We can save them time. Please also refer your students to us. Students look to faculty for advice about leveraging library resources and are frequently unaware of how librarians can help. Your referrals will help students take full advantage of the Harvard University Library.

Contact a Research Librarian

By Email or Text Message

Use our Ask a Research Librarian page to search frequently asked questions by keywords or to ask us a new question. If you would rather use email, send it to ask@hds.harvard.libanswers.com. If you have a  complex question or need to send us an attachment, you can also email us at research@hds.harvard.edu.

Text us at 617.858.6187.

In Person or by Phone

Visit the reference desk, call to ask a quick question, or make an appointment for in-depth research advice. Hours (during term time, except University holidays) are:

  • Monday-Thursday, 8:30 am-9 pm
  • Friday, 8:30 am-6 pm

Call us at 617.496.AHTL (2485).