New to archival research?

Using materials from an archives for research is much different from doing research with library books and periodicals. It may be useful to become familiar with how archives work and the kinds of materials they contain before you begin your research. In particular, note that:

The following explains archival repositories and materials and give an overview of how archival materials are used by researchers.

Archival Research Tutorial
http://www.library.yorku.ca/binaries/ArchivesSpecialCollections/Guides_York/index.html
This guide from the York University explains the unique nature of archives, gives tips on how to get started, and shows you how to read a finding aid.
Using Archives: a Practical Guide for Researchers
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/04/0416_e.html
This guide from the National Archives of Canada briefly reviews the differences between libraries and archives, how archives are organized, how you should plan your research visit and what to expect once you arrive.

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