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Archives: Introduction

This guide provides a portal to some of the archival resources and services available at the Monmouth University Library.

Definitions

Here is a list of some basic terms that are frequently used in the Library Archives. Click on each term to read its definition.

Evaluating Sources

Learn more about the distinctions between various types of sources by visiting the Library's Research Help web page.

Explore the connection between information literacy and archival sources by taking this online tutorial created by the University of Illinois Library to support undergraduate research.

A Primer on the Process of Historical Research

In 2007, having found that many of the undergraduates who attended his lectures were struggling with assignments that required them to use resources in research libraries, historian William Cronon -- the current president of the American Historical Association and Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison -- began to focus on the challenge of teaching fundamental skills that would help his students learn to write "beyond the academy."

Working with fifteen co-authors from his 2008 History/Geography 932 course, Cronon created a website -- "Learning to Do Historical Research: A Primer for Enivronmental Historians and Others" -- that was designed to provide a "basic introduction to historical research for anyone and everyone who is interested in exploring the past." It was their hope, the members of Cronon's web team said, that their online primer would encourage others to experience the "amazing adventure" of engaging in historical research.

 

SAA Glossary

Detailed definitions of many other archival terms can be found in A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology published by the Society of American Archivists.

ARC Glossary

Browse the glossary of archival terms created for users of the Archival Research Catalog (ARC) on the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) website.

Archives Profession

Discover more about the archival profession by visiting the websites of these organizations: