Answered By: Deborah Kelley-Milburn
Last Updated: Aug 11, 2015     Views: 908

Almost all of Harvard's electronic research databases are legally licensed for access only to Harvard students and faculty. Unfortunately, unless you are affiliated with Harvard, they cannot be made available to you. 

Many public libraries now provide access to extensive online resources, and if there's a university library near you, they may allow visitor access. If you need a particular article, you can ask your local library to acquire it for you. Check with a reference librarian at your library for further information and assistance.

Some excellent databases are freely accessible on the Internet. Many universities now maintain open-access repositories of research produced by their affiliates; Harvard's is called DASH. Google Scholar and Google Books provide full-text searching of thousands of articles, books and web sites, some of which are available online at no charge.  You can also obtain scholarly articles through  Directory of Open Access Journals, HighWire, or JURN for arts and humanities.  You can now access articles from the excellent JSTOR database through their "Register & Read" program which allows anyone to freely read, but not copy or download, up to three articles every two weeks.

I'm sorry we can't be of more assistance, but we wish you well with your research.

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