Andover-Harvard Library's Top 10 Tips

The top 10 things every HDS student should know about the Harvard Library:

  1. Get to know the research librarians at Andover-Harvard—Renata, Gloria, and Cliff. They can help you locate information, develop a research strategy, find relevant e-resources, books, and articles on any topic, and work on any research-related question, problem, or skill. Contact the research librarians at or or 617.496.AHTL.
  2. Course reserve readings are listed on the course website. Online readings are linked. If there is no link, bring the call number to the circulation desk on the first floor to borrow a copy.
  3. HOLLIS (mobile version: is Harvard’s online catalog, a large database that brings together information about library materials (books, journals, manuscripts, maps, data sets, sound recordings, photographs, films, legal documents, cultural artifacts, and more) that are housed in buildings across campus, stored at off-site locations, like the Harvard Depository, or provided to you in digital form.
  4. LibX is a library toolbar extension for Firefox and Chrome. It is the quickest way to search HOLLIS, and it makes our vast array of e-resources more accessible. If you find an article online and the publisher asks you to pay for it, LibX can save you money and time by determining if the Harvard Library already has an online subscription.
  5. At HDS, the ATLA Religion Database is the most used search engine for finding journal articles, essays, sermons, and book reviews in the field of religion. Citations cover all religions and all theological points of view. Full text is available for hundreds of titles.
  6. The library’s website has links to other quality search engines and other electronic resources listed by the MTS areas of focus plus ministry studies and language courses.
  7. If you find a citation in one of these search engines, click on the Find it @ Harvard link that will automatically search HOLLIS to locate electronic and print copies of the article. If you find a print citation for a journal article, use Find it @ Harvard Citation Linker to locate the article.
  8. Use Scan & Deliver links in HOLLIS to request scans of articles and book chapters from materials at the Harvard Depository and participating libraries.
  9. Use Get It to request items not currently available or checked out at Harvard Library.
  10. Use RefWorks to organize book and article references in one or more virtual folders. It produces instant bibliographies in a citation style of your choice and it can also be set to format the footnotes (or in-text citations) of documents you write with Microsoft Word.