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New Ebooks


We are currently featuring new ebooks recently licensed by HKS Library on our New @ HKS Library site:

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Some ebooks can now be checked out for a period of 14 days. You can browse all ebooks licensed by Harvard Library in HOLLIS by limiting the location to Networked Resource.

New in Cybersecurity


Earlier this winter we launched New @HKS Library, which is designed to market some of the latest books and databases available to the HKS community. We have also created New in Voting & ElectionsNew in Criminal Justice, and most recently, New in Cybersecurity, to highlight books and other resources added to the HKS collection on those subjects.

Visit New in Cybersecurity to browse new books and films available online and at HKS Library as well as database recommendations and our Security & Military Studies Research Guide.

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Find Leaders in Specialized Directories


The Library provides access to specialized databases to find contact information for leaders and senior staff in U.S. government, foreign governments and the nonprofit sector:

The Leadership Library contains updated contact information for over 500,000 leaders of 40,000 United States government, business, professional and nonprofit organizations.

National Journal’s Almanac of American Politics contains names, contact information and profiles for members of Congress and White House, Cabinet Department and Federal Executive Agency staff.

LegiStorm Pro contains contact information, salary data and biographical information on U.S Congressional staff. Personal accounts are available that provide access to alerts and some contact downloading. Contact HKS Library for details.

Country and City Research Databases


Are you traveling abroad for the holidays or during J-Term? Are you visiting a new city in the US for an internship or to conduct research for your PAE?

Take advantage of the Harvard Library databases listed below to generate country profiles or to look up recent news stories and events in local newspapers. Also visit an “Ivy League Plus” University in-person to borrow books through the Borrow Direct Plus On Site Borrowing Program.

News Databases

LexisNexis Academic provides access to thousands of newspapers from around the world. Select the browse link to filter by publication: news and to select specific countries or regions.

Factiva provides access to newspapers that can be browsed by country or region. To browse recent issues of popular publication by geographic region or country, select News Pages at the top of the screen, Factiva Pages, and then change the default search, United States to a different country or geographic region in the drop down menu.

Emerging Markets Information Service EMIS (formerly ISI Emerging Markets) provides current company information and business news from more than 500 sources for emerging markets in Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East-North Africa.

Regional Business News provides comprehensive full text for regional business publications. This database has full text for more than 50 sources. News wire services cover a number of difference geographic regions. Also, includes local city business newspapers in the United States and Canada.

HKS Library News & Media Research Guide lists regional newspapers databases by continent, geographic region and country.

Country Profile Databases

Economist Intelligence Unit provides country profiles and data. The information includes descriptions of the politics, economy, risk, regulation, and business environment, of a country.

Europa World: The Europa World Year Book Online provides information on countries and territories as well as profiles of international organizations

Oxford Business Group Country Reports are in-depth reports for 39 developing nations and sectors. Includes reports by country and industry. Click on news and views tab to search for economic updates by country.

Political Handbook of the World provides basic country-by-country data (e.g., population, languages) as well as detailed information about political history, politics, social movements, economics, and current issues.

Statesman’s Yearbook Online provides information on country officials, history, basic statistics and profiles of important cities. It also includes profiles of international organizations.

New in Criminal Justice @HKS Library


Last month we launched New @HKS Library, a site designed to present some of the latest books and databases added to our collection. We created New in Voting & Elections to highlight books and other resources added to the HKS collection on those subjects.

We have now added New in Criminal Justice to this site. Visit this page to browse 15 books about policing and criminal justice added to the HKS collection this year as well as other top databases for locating criminal justice research, data and more.


Announcing New @HKS Library


You can now visit our New @HKS Library site to view some of the latest books and databases added to our collection. We will also be adding subject-based tabs. Check out our first of this kind, New in Voting & Elections, which highlights books and other resources added to the HKS collection on these subjects in 2016.




Stay Up-to-Date with News & Recent Scholarship Using Library Databases


Monitor Academic Blogs with ACI Scholarly Blog Index

The ACI Scholarly Blog Index is a curated collection of abstracts of scholarly blogs as well as social media. It is compiled by researchers and librarians and is intended as a current awareness, research and reference database for the academic community. Search by name using “exact quotes” or search by keyword or institution, and then sort your results by relevance, date and/or popularity. You can also narrow your results to the postings with the most comments, by author, by author degree and by affiliated institutions.


Browse the Latest Issue of Scholarly Journals and Stay Up-to-Date on New Scholarship with BrowZine

BrowZine is both a web and a mobile application that allows users to browse, read, and monitor some open access journals and subscription-based journals licensed by the Harvard Library. You can download the BrowZine mobile app for free from your device store. If prompted, select the Harvard Library as your library and enter your Harvard Key. Create your own BrowZine account to enable the My Bookshelf feature which will allow you to curate your own collection of journals to read. See our Fast Answers about BrowZine.


Browse the Last Two Weeks of Popular Newspapers Using Factiva

Did you know that you can browse the last two weeks’ issues of popular newspapers in Factiva? Go to Factiva and select the “News Pages” Tab at the top of the screen. This defaults to popular U.S. newspaper titles including The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and The Washington Post. Change the default setting from United States to another country, region or to a specific industry using the dropdown menu on the left.

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Have questions or want to learn more? ASK US! – We’re here Monday-Friday, 9-5. Email:


Check Out Our New Career Collection


Come by the Library to check out our new Career Collection!Career_Books

Created in collaboration with OCA, all books in this collection are available to borrow and are located next to the New Books near the Main Desk.

Titles include:

501+ Great Interview Questions for Employers and the Best Answers for Prospective Employees

Women and public service: barriers, challenges, and opportunities

Down Range: a transitioning veteran’s career guide to life’s next phase


For ebooks and other job resources see Library Resources for Your Job Search.




OneSource Global Business Browser is now available at HKS Library


We are happy to announce that OneSource Global Business Browser, which includes a broad range of public and private company and industry information worldwide, is now available on HKS Library PCs via this link. Use it to create a list of companies by industry, location and/or size.

Other resources that allow you to create this type of list include:

  • Plunkett Research, which provides access to industry and company information, including public and private companies. It also provides market research and industry trends, industry statistics, company profiles, and downloadable tables. HKS alumni can access Plunkett Research via this link uniquely for HKS alumni.
  • Orbis, which is a global company database unique in its breadth of geographies and extent of company coverage, including private company financial information.
  • Lexis/Nexis Company Dossier, which provides tools to create lists of companies, executives and to locate industry information via its Get Company Info section.
The Harvard Library has also recently purchased a historical dataset on U.S. companies called Infogroup Historical Business Backfile, 1997-2014.
If you have questions about these or other resources, please Ask Us.

Graduating? Attend one of our Beyond Harvard: Public Policy Research as HKS Alumni workshops


As commencement approaches, we want to emphasize that HKS Library and Knowledge Services can serve as an important resource to you even after you graduate. Alumni have access to a number of databases including several with full-text scholarly articles and books. You may borrow books in-person with an HKS Alumni Library Card and access all Harvard-wide databases using our on-site guest computers. HKS librarians are also still here to help you and have created Beyond Harvard: Public Policy Research as HKS Alumni as a starting point.

Attend a 30-minute workshop this month to learn more about these resources:

Where: HKS Library Instruction Room (Littauer G14)


  • Wednesday, May 11th at 12 p.m.
  • Friday, May 13th at 12 p.m.
  • Monday, May 16th at 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 18th at 3:30 p.m.

No registration required. Space is limited so attendance is first come, first served. If you are unable to attend these workshops, please e-mail to make individual or group appointments with a member of our research staff.

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