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Finding Primary Sources
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Searching the Five College Catalog for Archives & Manuscript Collections

The Five Colleges Libraries Catalog is searchable by personal names, collection title, subject, keywords, or journal title. The Catalog record includes a link to the corresponding finding aid if one is available online. You may search all Five Colleges or limit your search to one specific institution.

This site includes more detailed inventories, or finding aids, and is also searchable. See the detailed description of a finding aid and tips for searching this site for more information. Note: The Library Catalog also includes collections not found on this site, because the Catalog includes some collections for which a finding aid does not yet exist.

Search Tips

Limiting Your Search to Archival Material

Use the Advanced Search screen. After entering your search terms, select Archives & Manuscripts under Format.

Author Search

The author of a collection is the name of the creator of the collection, whether an individual, family, or organization (example: Enter "Sanger, Margaret" as author for the Margaret Sanger Papers).

Subject and Keyword Search

Use Subject or Keyword searches to search for topics, personal names, organizational names, or place names represented in collections:

A Subject search will only search the Library of Congress subject headings listed in the catalog record (example: Missionaries--China). It is more specific than a keyword search and will help narrow your search to collections that are most pertinent to your topic as these terms highlight the most significant topics relevant to the collection.

Keyword searches can be done within title, author, subject fields, or anywhere in the record and you do not need to know the exact order of the words. But, it will retrieve many more records, some of which may contain only a small amount of material on your topic.

For best results, try experimenting with both subject and keyword searching.

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Last update: February 26, 2007