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  • 1. RESEARCH BASICS in the Modern Graphic History Library click to begin 
  • 2.
    • This Research Tutorial is designed to introduce you to the methods of finding and using primary source materials with specific strategies for identifying the holdings in the Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University (MGHL).
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  • 3. Contents
    • Using the Modern Graphic History Library
    • Visiting the Modern Graphic History Library
    • Finding Aids
    • Registration
    • Requesting Materials
    • Research Topics
    • Reading Room
    • Reproductions
    • Citations
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  • 4. Using the MGHL
    • The MGHL is like a regular library in many ways. Everything is organized and easy to use once you get the hang of it. Here are some characteristics:
      • Instead of books, the MGHL contains artwork, magazine tear sheets, papers, photographs, and other diverse formats.
      • The materials in the MGHL are generally primary sources.
      • The MGHL is made up of collections. A collection is a group of material that was produced and/or donated all by the same person or organization.
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  • 5. Using the MGHL
      • Instead of using call numbers, materials in the MGHL are found using a finding aid which contains all of the important topics and names in each collection and where to find them.
      • Often the materials in the MGHL are so unique that they are the only copies that exist.
      • The collections are stored in closed stacks and staff brings boxes of materials to you in a quiet work area called the Reading Room.
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  • 6. Visiting the MGHL
    • The MGHL is open to researchers by appointment, Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.
    • If you live too far away to visit or can't make it during the hours we’re open, you can still use the collections for research. Because our finding aids are available online we can help researchers around the world. We’re happy to work with you throughout the research process via phone or email.
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  • 7. Finding Aids
    • You will have much better luck finding information in the MGHL if you do some secondary research first. Having a good grasp on your topic before using the archives is helpful in several ways:
      • It is easier to judge from the finding aids whether a particular box or folder is likely to contain information that will be of actual use
      • It allows you to adjust your project's focus or scope if you find too much or not enough material
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  • 8. Finding Aids
      • You'll understand the significance of more of the subjects and names you see associated with your topic
      • The library curator and assistant are better able to help you
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  • 9. Registration
    • The MGHL registers all researchers who use the collections. Researchers complete a brief Patron Use form and provide a valid ID. On the form, you will provide contact information, academic status, and information concerning your subject of research.
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  • 10. Registration
    • The MGHL uses these forms to:
      • Learn about our users' research needs
      • Educate our users about rules and procedures
      • Gather statistics about use of collections
      • Discover how users found our collections
      • Learn who our users are
      • Protect the collections
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  • 11. Registration
    • If you prefer to print out the forms and bring them to the MGHL, you may select the link below:
      • Patron Use Form [PDF Format]
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  • 12. Requesting Materials
    • The MGHL collections are stored in closed stacks accessible only to staff. In order to use the materials, you must submit a request to a member of the staff using a Patron Use Form.
    • Indicate the name, number, and portion of the collection you wish to use. When you fill out the form, use the finding aids to gather all the necessary information, and consult staff for assistance.
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  • 13. Requesting Materials
    • When filling out forms be sure to:
      • Provide the collection name (example: Al Parker)
      • Indicate the specific portion by circling the container type and listing the container number
      • Include a series or subseries name and number if applicable (example: Artist Model Photographs)
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  • 14. Research Topics
    • Examples of topics you can research at the MGHL:
      • History of Commercial Art
      • Lives of Illustrators
      • Visual Communications
      • American Culture
      • Women, Gender, and Sexuality
      • Literature and Creative Writing
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  • 15. Reading Room
    • The Reading Room is the MGHL’s main public space, where you will find:
      • Public terminals where you access the online finding aids and the online catalog in order to find relevant collections.
      • Print Finding Aids
      • Reference Books
      • Staff
      • Exhibit space featuring highlights from the collections
      • Lockers for storing your personal belongings
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  • 16. Reading Room
    • Researchers use all materials in the Reading Room and follow the rules and procedures outlined in the Rules of Use [PDF Format] form.
    • You may bring your laptop computer or PDA into the Reading Room. The MGHL provides pencils.
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  • 17. Reading Room
    • We ask that you please:
      • Keep conversation to a minimum and
      • Turn off cell phones and pagers (store in a locker)
    • In order to preserve the materials please:
      • Handle the items with care and
      • Keep materials in order
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  • 18. Reproductions
    • Researchers are welcome to take home copies of the materials helpful to their research. For all copy services, please consult our fees on the Reproduction Request Form.
    • You are welcome to bring in scanners, digital cameras, or other electronic imaging devices (upon prior approval).
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  • 19. Citations
    • When you find relevant materials, gather all the information that identifies the material and its location. You should record the following information as you are using the materials:
      • After collecting this information, you will then enter it into a citation.
    click to go to the next page  Citation Information Example Author Al Parker Recipient (if applicable) Evelyn Parker Date 1 June 1965 Collection Name Al Parker Collection Collection Number (if applicable) 2000-01 Box and/or Folder Box 02 Name and Location of Repository Modern Graphic History Library, Department of Special Collections, Washington University Libraries

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