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Archives 101

What are archives and how do I use them?

Never used archival materials and wondering how it works? Considering using "primary sources" for that paper and not sure where to start?

It's really not that bad! Check out these resources for help:


Archives 101 (PDF)
(Special Collections & Archives)

Using archives: a practical guide for researchers
(Library and Archives Canada)

A guide introducing new users to some of the culture and customs of archives. Includes information about the difference between libraries and archives and planning a research strategy.

Archives Unboxed: a guide to understanding archives
(Archives of Ontario)

Use this guide to learn more about archives: what they are, where to find them, and how to use them. Includes many images of archival documents from the Archives of Ontario collections.

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