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Research Methods for Historians

Best practices and tips for how to and where to get the information they need.

Guides to libraries & archives worldwide

Finding printed and online guides for libraries and archives

Once you have identified a likely archive or library, it's helpful to locate a guide or inventory of the collection(s). While more and more archives have web sites and online catalogs, in some cases you will need to consult a printed guide.

  • Check the web site of the library or archive to see if they have online descriptions or inventories of their collections.
  • To find printed guides, search the library catalog for the name of the collection and the word catalogs

United States


Europe (General)

United Kingdom