A new subject guide for IST students in the Archives track, is now available on the Libraries’ web site. This guide is a terrific starting point for conducting research about archival collections, preservation, and records management. You can easily find the guide from the University Libraries’ main web page. Using the drop down menu under the words "My Research Subject Is,��? choose the subject "Information and Library Science." One of the options that appears is a link for Archives: A Guide to Information Sources.
The resources are broken down into five main categories. The first, Finding Articles, highlights specific databases for locating scholarly articles dealing with archives and records management. The nature of archives research is interdisciplinary -- with content found in information science, education, and history databases.
The Finding Books category provides a quick overview of Minerva, the library's online catalog, and Interlibrary Loan. However the most helpful information here may be the list of the most common Library of Congress Subject Headings for archives and records management. These terms can save you time when searching Minerva and other library catalogs. Most books related to archives are located here at Dewey, but any items housed at the uptown libraries can be obtained through UA Delivery.
While not the primary focus of this research guide, the section Locating Archival Collections provides links to some popular online sources for finding special collections and other types of repositories.
Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Bibliographies relating to the study of archives are found in the Dewey Library Reference Collection. A quick description of these ready referenc sources, along with its call number make this section of the research guide a quick, but extremely useful stop.
Internet Resources includes web links for everything from professional archival associations, to sites dealing with topical issues such as digital preservation. These sites have been vetted for authority and reliability by our Information Studies Subject Specialist.
If you have any questions or need further assistance, remember, you can always Ask-A-Librarian! For researching in-depth topics relating to archives and records management we encourage you to contact the Information Studies Subject Specialist, Deborah Bernnard.
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