Tools & Techniques for Archival Research

Use JHU Library's Services and Expertise

Talk to your Academic Liaison:

They can help you locate archival collections elsewhere, but also track down the vast numbers of digitized sources that are already available to you. Don't expect all of your materials to be available online, but if you are dealing with rare books, newspapers, serials, or other sources, you might be able to find digitized versions.

Talk to Inter-library Loan:

Even if archival collections are not digitized, heavily used or very important collections at most institutions are available on microfilm, which can often be lent to JHU researchers via ILL, or have single reels or some sections of reels sent to you via PDF. The LSC has great microfilm scanners that can convert microfilm to PDF as well, so that you can save materials as needed. ILL might also request single items from archival collections. It is always worth a try. The ILL staff will work diligently on your behalf to get the materials you need.