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4. Archival catalogues

Not a library catalogue

In the first lesson, we looked at the differences between libraries and archives. One of the main differences was how you find the information you are looking for. We saw that you can’t browse archives in the same way as you might browse library shelves.

Archive catalogues were described as ‘hierarchical’. In this section we shall elaborate on this and explain what makes an archive catalogue different.

Don’t worry, different needn’t be scary! Once you understand the basics, using archival catalogues is as easy as using a library. If you don’t get it straight away, don’t give up. Exploring online catalogues and other resources will put the things you learn in this section in context.

If you ever do need help, don’t struggle or be embarrassed, ask an archivist.

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