Harvard University offers a tremendous wealth of academic and intellectual resources for students and scholars in the department, chief among them being access to the extensive physical and digital collections of books, journals and manuscripts available through the Harvard University library system—the largest academic and private library system in the world.

Harvard is also an exciting place for linguists interested in experimental and interdisciplinary research. Through the Kate Davidson M&M Linguistics Lab, students at the department can get involved in an array of ongoing experimental and field work-based research projects, or develop projects of their own. The department's Phonetics Lab houses technical equipment necessary for phonological experimentation, including instruments for acoustic analysis. Other Harvard labs involved in language-related research, notably the developmental labs at Harvard Psychology, and labs affiliated with the Mind, Brain, Behavior (MBB) Initiative, provide additional resources and opportunities for collaborative research.