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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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AMST 100: Archival Research

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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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