Archival Research<br />AMST 100<br />Fall 2011<br />
What are archives?What do we find in them? <br />
“All information is available online”<br />Small fraction of information in archives has been read<br />12% of the world’s...
What the information tells us<br />
http://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/tf5d5nb77z/?&brand=calisphere<br />
Strategies for Searching Archives<br />Browsing known collections<br />Google [topic/type of material AND (digital collect...
What You Need to Successfully Search Digital Collections<br />Curiosity<br />Patience<br />Help*<br />
Questions<br />Help available at Research/IT or stop by Libe 467<br />shoang, x4266<br />
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  • -small window into another world-records of an individual or institution -personal papers of Susan Hoang-more broadly anything we find interesting or important enough to preserve and make available-explain about how things get put into archives, archives class (20 boxes of materials, categorize them into correspondence, letters)
  • -tiny fraction of information in archives have been read, much less digitized-output of government is inaccessible-12% of world&apos;s book have been digitized by Google Books but production continues to expand-50% of films before 1940 have disappeared-in 1997, average age of URL was 44 days-80% of climate data is not computerized*
  • What type of information do I get from looking at this image? What’s the context? What year, date? What can this tell me?
  • What type of information do I get from looking at this image? What’s the context? What year, date? What can this tell me?
  • AMST 100: Archival Research

    1. 1. Archival Research<br />AMST 100<br />Fall 2011<br />
    2. 2. What are archives?What do we find in them? <br />
    3. 3. “All information is available online”<br />Small fraction of information in archives has been read<br />12% of the world’s books have been digitized by Google Books project<br />50% of films before 1940 have been lost<br />In 1997, average age of URL was 44 days<br />80% of climate data is not computerized*<br />-Robert Darnton, 4/17/11<br />http://chronicle.com/article/5-Myths-About-the-Information/127105/<br />
    4. 4. What the information tells us<br />
    5. 5. http://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/tf5d5nb77z/?&brand=calisphere<br />
    6. 6. Strategies for Searching Archives<br />Browsing known collections<br />Google [topic/type of material AND (digital collections) site:.edu]<br />Searching in databases that contain finding aids<br />
    7. 7. What You Need to Successfully Search Digital Collections<br />Curiosity<br />Patience<br />Help*<br />
    8. 8. Questions<br />Help available at Research/IT or stop by Libe 467<br />shoang, x4266<br />
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