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Guide to Research Using Special Collections: Video Guides

Guide to conducting research in University Archives, The Poetry Collection, Rare and Special Books, and History of Medicine. Questions should be directed to Marie Elia, Archivist for Special Collections: eliam@buffalo.edu.
Last Updated: Sep 17, 2021 3:06 PM

VIDEO GUIDES

Getting Started with Research in Special Collections

This video is a brief introduction to all of the tools to help you identify materials in Special Collections.

What is a Finding Aid?

This video explains finding aids, which provide information about archives and manuscript collections, and how to use them to access these materials.

Searching for Known Materials in the Finding Aids Database

This video demonstrates how to find materials when you have a good idea of what you are looking for, similar to using the catalog to look up which books a library holds by a particular author. You will learn how to search within a particular repository and construct searches using the finding aids database.

Researching a Topic Using the Finding Aids Database

This video demonstrates how to research a topic using the finding aids database. You will learn how to conduct a keyword search and how to use subject headings to find materials related to your topic.