As I’m sure you’ve already discovered – this is not true…Resource – not all catalogued – collection level versus item levelSo today I’m going to talk to archive material and how to find it using the Archives Hub and other online archives resources. We’re also going to look at Copac to find books, journals & theses, etc.
Estc = items published between 1473 and 1800
Using Archives: Salford University. Nov 2011
Using Archives Lisa Jeskins, Library & Archival Services Postgraduates, ESPaCH, University of Salford. Wed 9th Nov 2011
"If an item does notappear in ourrecords, it does notexist."Jocasta Nu – JediLibrarian, Star Wars:The Clone WarsFrom: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Jocasta_Nu
• Archives and Special Collections Libraries• No ONE place• Unique and unpublished materials• Not always available electronically• May need to visit/make an appt/take notes Conservator at work: http://flickr.com/photos/germanparra/
Search Strategy ReminderKey concepts > Synonyms > Be flexible • Too many results? Narrow your search by adding terms (with AND etc.) e.g. o culture o culture AND communism • Too few results? Broaden your search or change your term e.g. o Post-colonialism and human rights o Human rightsTip – keep a notebook when you’re reading and write down new terms/new ways of describing your concepts as you come across them
Why use the Archives Hub?“The Archives Hub searches across a broad rangeof archives, provides detailed collection and oftenitem information, which is invaluable, and inaddition, the direct details for contacting andvisiting the archives, all in one place. This saves metime and makes my research more efficient.”Postgraduate student, Medieval Studies
Archives Hub• Search archives descriptions from nearly 200 UK institutions.• Collections on the Hub range from the archives of industries, institutions and researchers to the letters and manuscripts of writers and poets.
Copac• Copac provides free access to merged online catalogues of nearly 60 libraries in the UK and Ireland• Includes the British Library , English Short Title Catalogue and several special collections libraries.
Online Sources for Archives• National Register of Archives (National)• A2A (National, not updated)• Aim 25 (London)• Janus (Cambridge)