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Archival Research Guide

Guide to research in archives and special collections.

Getting Started

Passion, Patience, Perseverance

Research requires all of these qualities. First be sure that you like your topic! Next be prepared to meet the challenges of research which often involve careful planning, searching, and time. Don't be discouraged when a course of action fails to produce results. Try something else and always feel free to ask questions and seek help from your teachers, archivists and librarians.

Note:  If you are in another LibGuide, click on this link for the complete Archival Research Guide.

Using Archives

Recommended article:  "Archival Survival: Navigating Archival Research," by Lynee Lewis Gaillet (in Working in Archives referenced above).

How to Do Research with Primary Sources

Using Finding Aids to Access Archival Collections

General Research Guides

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