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A Master Class in Library Research for GSAS Students, offered in January.

About the program

Each January, Harvard Library offers Unabridged, a multi-day library master class for GSAS and DCE graduate students. In this intensive program, participants can expect to learn strategies and frameworks that they will continue to use throughout their careers.

Designed to lay the groundwork for a lifetime of scholarly practice, Unabridged helps you become more effective, resourceful, and creative.

A host of experts from across the University teach sessions in a variety of formats, offering a multi-disciplinary perspective on research practices. 

Unabridged focuses on concepts as much as currently relevant tools and encourages you to learn through hands-on activities. Our holistic approach helps you develop strategies that are adaptable and enduring.

You'll learn how to:

  • Navigate complex research environments
  • Organize your research in intellectually productive ways
  • Optimize your search strategies
  • Manage your scholarly persona
  • Negotiate with publishers

How to Apply

Unabridged is offered as part of January@GSAS. Applications for the Unabridged 2021 Program are now closed.

Who should apply?

Unabridged is primarily for graduate degree candidates in FAS (GSAS or Harvard Extension School), including those in PhD programs offered jointly between GSAS and one of the professional schools.

All other applicants⁠—including visiting scholars, special students, post-docs, FAS staff, and Harvard students from outside FAS⁠—will be placed on a waiting list and notified close to the workshop date if a spot has opened up.

Priority is given to applications received by October 31st, but applications are accepted on a rolling basis if there is room on the wait list. Applications for the 2021 program are now closed

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I learned about Harvard resources which I would not have known existed otherwise.
I learned several new things every day. As a mentor, I found the information to be especially useful. I will definitely be passing on things I learned to others who weren’t present. There will undoubtedly be a contagion effect – for good.


The table coaches were so helpful and made the experience more dynamic and interactive.


What was an amazing and frankly unexpected part of the experience was the people networking we experienced through table coaches and guest speakers.

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