Harvard Library Resources for Alumni Frequently Asked Questions
- What electronic resources are available to alumni?
- How do I access these resources?
- I don't have a HarvardKey login name or password. How do I get them?
- I need help claiming my HarvardKey. Whom should I contact?
- Whom do I contact if I need help with accessing or using the Library's electronic resources?
- I'm visiting campus. Can I stop by one or more of the libraries?
- I'm local, and I'd like to borrow from one or more of Harvard's libraries. How can I do that?
- What other electronic resources can alumni access?
- What other services and resources does the Harvard Alumni Association offer alumni?
Full-text articles from over 7,000 journals and 600 e-books are available to alumni at this time. These include:
- JSTOR—Full-text coverage of core scholarly journals. Note: Current issues are available for some, but not most, journals in JSTOR.
- Project Muse—Standard Journal Collection—Full text of scholarly journals published by university presses and scholarly societies in the humanities and the social sciences.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sage Journals—Provides the full text of journals in the social sciences and humanities, health sciences, life and biomedical sciences, and material sciences and engineering.
- Sage Research Methods—Includes case studies, articles, and other materials on research methods.
- CQ Press Library—Includes the CQ Almanac, Voting and Elections Collection, and a broad range of local and state data.
- 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.
- Cambridge Companions Online—An e-book series providing introductions to major writers, philosohpers, and artists and musicians.
- Cambridge Histories Online—An e-book series of works published since 1960 on general and regional history, literary studies, philosophy, and religion.
Go to library.harvard.edu/alumni-resources and click on the name of the resource you'd like to access under "Licensed Electronic Resources" (about halfway down the page). Enter your HarvardKey login name and password to access the resource.
You can claim your HarvardKey by going to key.harvard.edu and clicking on "Claim your HarvardKey." You will need to enter your last name, your graduation year, and your HAA ID number, which can be found in the footer of any email sent to you by the Harvard Alumni Association.
Email the HUIT Support Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at 617-495-7777. HarvardKey assistance is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sundays from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
Questions about reference and research should be directed to email@example.com. Please note in the subject line that your question is coming from an alumnus/a.
Harvard alumni are welcome to visit the libraries, but each library has its own requirements surrounding alumni access. Alumni should contact the library they wish to visit beforehand to make sure they fulfill the necessary requirements. Contact information for each Harvard library can be found at library.harvard.edu/alumni-visiting.
Alumni who wish to make use of the libraries' collections and resources may choose to obtain a Special Borrower Card, and may do so by conttacting the library they wish to borrow from for specific instructions. Contact information for each Harvard library can be found at library.harvard.edu/alumni-visiting.
There is a large and growing body of open sources alumni can acceess, including the following:
- 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. Not all material is available in full text.
- Hathi Trust—A collaboartion 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.
- 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 publicly available within 12 months of publication.
A list of services and resources can be found at alumni.harvard.edu/haa/alumni-services. For questions about the HAA's offerings, contact the HAA Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-496-0559 or 800-823-2478 Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET.