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Special Collections Research Center (SCRC)

May 17, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Georgetown’s Special Collections Research Center is on the top floor of Lauinger, and is open to anyone who wishes to use the materials housed there. For Latin American and Iberian materials, it can be invaluable for your research, especially (but not only) if you are in need of primary resources. I highly recommend that you consider it in your research strategy, you may be surprised by what useful sources you find there.

In a previous post I discussed how to use search limits in GEORGE to find films. It is not so different to find things in the Special Collections Research Center. Using the advanced GEORGE search (here), use the drop-down box under “Location” to limit the search to “LAU Special Coll.”

One great thing about special collections, besides simply looking through cool stuff, is that they have a wide variety of materials. For example, start by putting “Latin America” in the search box, limit the location, and then material type “Maps & Atlases.” There are two results, one of which dates from 1758, and the other appears to be a fancy facsimile edition of Columbus’s diaries that includes many maps. So, few results sometimes does not mean bad results!

Again, the SCRC’s webpage is here. Feel free to get in touch with anyone there if you would like further assistance, they will be more than happy to help you. Students, faculty, and outside researchers are all welcome.

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