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Research Assistance for the Spring Exercise


HKS Research Librarians have created this 2016 Spring Exercise Research Guide for 1st year Master of Public Policy (MPP) students completing the two-week long challenge. The guide links directly to Harvard Library database subscriptions, websites and data sources related to U.S. immigration and migration policy, including an important section on Congressional Resources.

U.S. Government Information Sources – Federal and Congressional Law Making are two other HKS Library Research Guides that will help students get started with research involving the U.S. Federal Government.

Email or call 617-495-1302 to schedule an appointment to discuss specific research needs, Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Announcing E-Book Access to University Press Scholarship


>>Try University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO)

Use UPSO to access e-books from select university presses. Those available to Harvard affiliates have an unlocked padlock to the right of their title Electronic access may not yet be reflected in HOLLIS+, so go directly to UPSO to Browse e-books by subject or to search for a specific title. The title shown here is an example of one available with your HUID & Pin:

Islam and Democracy after the Arab Spring


New Databases for Ebooks & Videos


>>University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO)

Use UPSO to access e-books from select university presses. Those available to Harvard affiliates have an unlocked padlock to the right of their title Electronic access may not yet be reflected in HOLLIS+, so go directly to UPSO to Browse e-books by subject or to search for a specific title. The title shown here is an example of one available with your HUID & Pin:

Islam and Democracy after the Arab Spring

>>NBC Learn: Higher Ed

NBC Learn is a historic film and video archive of NBC News programs with content dating back to the 1920s. Content added from Monday through Friday. Includes selected programs from NBC Nightly News, the TODAY show, Meet the Press, Dateline NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, and Telemundo with 26 subject areas from economics to environmental sciences. Browse, search, and use NBC Learn: Higher Ed’s tools.

Contact us for help or for more information.

Finding Reliable Evidence Online – Upcoming workshops


In addition to individual and group research consultations to help you with your online research, we are happy to announce library workshops taking place this month:

Finding Reliable Evidence Online

When: March 8th from 4-5:30 p.m.

Where: Starr Auditorium

Why: Of course you know how to search online for data. But there are more efficient and less efficient ways to identify appropriate evidence, and there are more and less reliable sources. This session will improve your ability to structure an efficient search for appropriate and reliable evidence to inform policy analysis. Linda Rosen and Keely Wilczek from HKS Library & Knowledge Services will offer research guidance and an tour of top online resources.

Who: Public Policy Students – This workshop is designed specifically for API 505M: Fundamentals of Policy Analysis and Decision Making, a core course in the HKS Master in Public Policy program. No registration required.


UNABRIDGED: A Library Research Master Class

When: March 14th-17th (Spring Recess), Monday-Thursday: 1:00-4:30 + Friday optional bonus sessions

Where: Room B-30, Lamont Library

Why: Do you ever feel as though you’re seeing only part of the picture? This library master class offers you a chance to explore the full research lifecycle and set yourself up for a lifelong scholarly practice–making you a more effective, resourceful, and creative researcher. Skills covered include choosing the best database for a given research task, approaching unfamiliar interfaces with confidence and courage, optimizing your search strategies and more. Registration is required and is limited to 25 spaces. RSVP here.

Who: Graduate Students and Postdocs


Resources for Presidential Campaigns and Elections Past and Present


Stay up-to-date with daily political news by viewing Hotline, which is part of our larger National Journal subscription. Our CQ Press Electronic Library includes a host of resources on U.S. politics, elections, government, and public policy.  In particular, view the CQ product, Voting and Elections Collection which includes documents on elections, parties, voter behavior, and campaigns.

Interested in prospective voter opinions of Cruz, Trump, Clinton and other presidential candidates? Use our Roper Center for Public Opinion database to access aggregate and raw public opinion data.

For archived websites going back to the 2000 election check out the Library of Congress Elections Web Archives. Websites for elections in other countries are linked from the Library of Congress Archived Web Sites page.

Go to our Campaigns & Elections Guide or our American Presidency Guide to find out about free websites and Harvard subscription databases related to current and historical campaigns and elections. These guides include background information as well as data related to election results, polls, and campaign finance.

Contact if you need research help in this subject or any others.

New Access to


You can now access through Harvard with your HUID & PIN. For access to other popular publications like the New York Times, the Financial Times, and the Economist see our Popular Publications for HKS guide.

Questions about the above publications or any others can be sent to

Save Time! Schedule a research consultation with an HKS Librarian today.


Expert HKS Librarians can meet with you to help you identify and refine paper topics and show you research strategies that will enable you to conduct more efficient and effective research using Harvard Library resources. Go to the HKS Library Ask Us site to schedule a customized research consultation with an HKS Librarian. We will review Harvard Library database subscriptions, books and other resources that you can use for literature reviews and other research projects. You can also view answers to frequently asked questions about Harvard library subscriptions and services on this site.

Too busy to schedule a research consultation? Bookmark our list of 35+ HKS Library Research Guides. HKS Librarians have reviewed hundreds of Harvard database subscriptions and resources to create simple lists of the best sources of information on a variety of frequently researched topics such as public policy, campaigns & elections, data resources & more.


New Library Resources Available for HKS Alumni


After graduation, librarians at the Harvard Kennedy School Library & Knowledge Services (LKS) remain available to help alumni. We have created this website to highlight resources available. For the past several years, we have also been offering a series of workshops late in the spring, just before commencement, titled Beyond Harvard: Public Policy Research as HKS Alumni.

Much of what we highlight in the workshop is freely available on the Internet, and graduating students attending are often astounded by what they can access. In the past, we have highlighted Academic Search Alumni Edition. Harvard Library has just announced a beta program for all Harvard alumni through which we are able to provide access to a number of licensed resources, including Academic Search Alumni Edition. You will no longer need to log in to this resource with a username and password, but instead will be able to access it along with other resources available to alumni with your HarvardKey.

All licensed databases now available are included on our Beyond Harvard: Public Policy Research as HKS Alumni website. Two resources newly available to alumni that are heavily used by the HKS community include JSTOR and ABI/Inform Complete. If you have trouble accessing or searching any of these databases, please Ask Us for assistance. We really enjoy working with HKS alumni and look forward to highlighting these resources for graduating students during our workshop series in the spring.

Try These 3 New Resources


Thank you to all who attended our 2015 Fall Open House. Here are the 3 new resources we highlighted:

voxgov Find out who in US government is saying what and when on any subject throughout all phases of the political, legislative and regulatory process. Data includes press releases, newsletters, bulletins, speeches, statements, Legislation, Congressional Documents, and Twitter, Facebook and YouTube posts.
kanopy 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 Kanopy also includes classic and popular films in its portfolio. Kanopy is growing quickly as the service adds about 400 films each month. All films come with public performance rights, so group viewings at HKS and across Harvard are encouraged.
BrowZine The BrowZine app makes most online journals offered by the Harvard Library instantly available on one common newstand app or web interface, which you can customize to your interests. Get the free for your mobile device:  android  apple.Choose Harvard Library as your institution, and enter your HUID & Pin. A Web version is available at: note that not all the features are available on the Web version yet. More will be coming later this fall.

If you have questions about these or other resources, please don’t hesitate to Ask Us.

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