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Accessing Electronic Resources as Alumni

  1. Review Harvard Library’s Guidelines for Appropriate use of Licensed Electronic Resources.
    The licensed electronic resources listed below are strictly for use by individual alumni for purposes of research, teaching, and private study. Alumni are individually responsible for compliance with licensing terms.

  2. Claim your HarvardKey.
    Alumni may access the licensed electronic resources listed below by using their HarvardKey account.
    Forgotten your password or login name? You can reset your HarvardKey password or request a login name reminder.

  3. Log in to the electronic resources listed below using your HarvardKey. The available titles and databases in this pilot program will increase over time, so we encourage you to check back periodically for updates.

  4. You must login to these Electronic Resources using the links below. Links to Electronic Resources from HOLLIS+, search engines, and elsewhere will not work for Alumni. Please bookmark this page for easy access.

Note: Once you have logged in to HarvardKey, you can start your research. Some databases provide the option to register and sign in to a personal profile, but it's not required to use the databases.


 

Electronic Resources Licensed for Alumni use

General:

EBSCO Academic Search Alumni Edition 
A scholarly collection of journals covering the major areas of academic research.
Note: Not all titles are available in full text.

JSTOR
Full-text coverage of core scholarly journals.
Note: Current issues are available for some, but not most, journals in JSTOR.

Oxford English Dictionary
Widely regarded as the authoritative English language dictionary. Online edition is updated regularly.

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ABI/Inform Complete
Largely full-text database combining scholarly journals, trade publications, newspapers and more in business and management, including economic conditions, accounting and finance.
Note: The Wall Street Journal is not available in this collection.

ACI Scholarly Blog Index
Curated collection of posts from scholarly blogs. Includes a summary and the full text of each post.

American Medical Association Journals
Full-text access to the current issues and archives of JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, and all of the other JAMA journals.

Annual Reviews
Full text of critical reviews of the research literature in disciplines within the biomedical, life, physical and social sciences, including economics.

ATLASerials, Religion Collection
Full-text articles and book reviews from journals selected by leading religion scholars in the United States. This database is produced by the American Theological Library Association.

Cambridge Companions Online is an eBook series providing introductions to major writers, philosophers, artists and musicians.
Note: The Find it @Harvard button currently does not work. Please use the full text links directly within Cambridge Companions Online.

Cambridge Histories Online is an eBook series of works published since 1960 on general and regional history, literary studies, philosophy and religion.
Note: The Find it @Harvard button currently does not work. Please use the full text links directly within Cambridge Companions Online.

CQ Press Library includes the CQ Almanac, Voting and Elections Collection, and a broad range of local and state data.

EBSCO Academic Search Alumni Edition 
A scholarly collection of journals covering the major areas of academic research.
Note: Not all titles are available in full text.

HeinOnline Law Journal Library
Full text of legal periodicals from all 50 states in the U.S. and from many other countries. All charts, graphs, photographs and footnotes are included.
Note: Not all titles are available in full text.

Henry Stewart Talks Biomedical and Life Science Collection
Online audio-visual seminars on current topics in medicine and the basic sciences including genetics, drug discovery, microbiology and virology, cancer, and more, presented by faculty from leading universities and research centers.
Note: Adobe Flash required. Please see Site Requirements for more information.

JSTOR
Full-text coverage of core scholarly journals.
Note: Current issues are available for some, but not most, journals in JSTOR.

Oxford Art Online
The access point for Grove Art Online, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, and other Oxford art reference resources. Covering all periods of art, content includes wide ranging encyclopedia essays, biographies, images, definitions of art terms, bibliographies, and research guides.
Note: The Find it @Harvard button found next to bibliography entries currently does not work.

Oxford English Dictionary
Widely regarded as the authoritative English language dictionary. Online edition is updated regularly.
Note: The "Search for this in your library" links currently do not work.

Oxford Music Online
The access point for Grove Music Online and other Oxford music reference resources.
Note: The Find it @Harvard button found next to bibliography entries currently does not work.

Plunkett Research
Database of company and industry information, including market research and industry trends, industry statistics, company profiles, and downloadable tables. Especially useful for industries that are challenging to research such as "green technologies."

Project Muse — Standard Journal Collection 
Full text of scholarly journals published by university presses and scholarly societies in the humanities and the social sciences.
Note: Not all titles are available in full text.

Sage Journals provides the full text of journals in the social sciences and humanities, health sciences, life and biomedical sciences, and materials sciences and engineering.
Note: Not all titles are available in full text.

Sage Research Methods includes case studies, articles and other materials on research methods.


 

Openly Available Resources

License agreements and copyright laws prevent us from offering complete access to our online library to alumni. There is a large and growing body of literature, however, that is available to all, thanks to library digitization projects, the Open Access movement, and a variety of other efforts. Here are links to of some of the best.

DASH
Harvard's open access repository for research by Harvard community members. DASH includes scholarly articles and some theses and dissertations.

Digital Public Library of America
Online books, maps, photos, and much more from libraries, archives, and museums, freely available to all.

Directory of Open Access Journals
An index and search engine that provides direct links to journals and journal articles that are open to all.

ERIC
A wide variety of journal and non-journal literature in the field of education.
Note: Not all material is available in full text.

Hathi Trust
A collaboration of the large libraries that provided their collections to the Google Books Project, this site is a repository of those books and others produced through local digitization projects. Material that is out of copyright (generally, that published before 1923) is open to all.
Note: Not all titles are available in full text. The HathiTrust institutional login that permits downloading PDFs for offline use is not currently working for Alumni. We are investigating potential solutions.

Internet Archive
Digitized books, journals, audio, video, and more, all free. In addition to contemporary texts, includes a wealth of digitized historical material. 

Project Gutenberg
Over 49,000 free books available in a variety of downloadable formats.

PubMed Central (PMC)
Repository of articles produced with the support of NIH research grants and made publically available within 12 months of publication.
Note: Not all titles and articles are available in full text.


 

Known Issues

Some databases provide links to sign in, even when you have already logged in through HarvardKey.
Some databases offer the ability to create and sign in to a personal account. This sign in is not required to use Licensed Electronic Resources. Once you have logged in to HarvardKey, you can start your research. See below for an example of what to expect when you are signed in correctly.

Screenshot of JSTOR after successfully logging in
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Purple Find it@Harvard Buttons do not work correctly.
Please use the Full text links directly within the site. Affected sites: Cambridge Companions Online, Cambridge Histories Online, Oxford Art Online, Oxford Music Online. We are investigating potential solutions.

HathiTrust PDF downloads are unavailable.
The HathiTrust institutional login that permits downloading PDFs for offline use is not currently working for Alumni. We are investigating potential solutions. You may still view full text online when available.

HarvardKey does not work for library access, or borrowing and renewing books.
Alumni with a Alumni Special Borrower Card must continue to use that card to access the library and borrow books. You must also use the card number and PIN to sign in to HOLLIS+ when renewing books. We are investigating potential solutions. Learn more about Library access and borrowing privileges.

Links to Electronic Resources from HOLLIS+, search engines, and elsewhere will not work for Alumni.
You must access the Licensed Electronic Resources using the links on this website. Please bookmark this page for easy access.


 

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