New to archival research?

Using materials from an archives for research is much different from doing research with library books and periodicals. It may be useful to become familiar with how archives work and the kinds of materials they contain before you begin your research. In particular, note that:

The following explains archival repositories and materials and give an overview of how archival materials are used by researchers.

Archival Research Tutorial
This guide from the York University explains the unique nature of archives, gives tips on how to get started, and shows you how to read a finding aid.
Using Archives: a Practical Guide for Researchers
This guide from the National Archives of Canada briefly reviews the differences between libraries and archives, how archives are organized, how you should plan your research visit and what to expect once you arrive.

Return to Webster University Archives home



Books, etc./library catalog



In-house reserves


About us

Service desk: 314-968-6952

Research desk: 314-968-6950

Toll-free: 1-800-985-4279 (1-800-WU-LIBRY)


Contact us

Policies and procedures

Research help

Ask a Librarian

How do I?


Research Guides

Request books or articles

Citation guides

Thesis requirements

About the Library

Getting to the library

Reserve a room

Computing in the library

Assistive technology