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    LibGuides at the Library of Congress

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      We want to give a heads-up to our researchers to make sure they know that the Library is part of LibGuides, where thousands of libraries post and share their research guides.


      If you’re not already familiar: The guides show what’s available on a given subject, highlight key books, subscription databases and primary historical sources. They’re a great tool for researchers, from the beginner to the expert, particularly since the information has been vetted by a librarian. Better, LibGuides are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


      The Manuscript Division's guide to Washington, D.C. in the Manuscript Reading Room helps researchers, genealogists, and local historians navigate the wealth of resources in the Manuscript Reading Room that cover the extensive history of the city. This guide includes search tips, suggested collections, and provides access to selected Library of Congress Digital Collections, as well as outside resources on the history of Washington, D.C.


      Another LibGuide focuses on Architecture Collections in the Manuscript Division and provides guidance on using the papers of many prominent residential, commercial, industrial, and landscape architects, as well as urban planners and community designers found the manuscript collections of the Library of Congress


      LibGuides has been so seamlessly implemented you probably haven’t noticed. In a Google search about a particular subject, for example, you’ll see the Library higher in your search results. Click on the link, and you’ll find our reference material. Experienced researchers, who might start a search at loc.gov, will also find the guides incorporated in the list of all the Library’s resources; no separate searching is needed.


      Questions? Just hit the “Ask a Librarian” button on any guides to get friendly help.  Meanwhile, some frequent questions about research methods are answered below by our LibGuides coordinating team.


      Can a researcher ask that a new guide be created? How do librarians prepare these subject overviews? Suggestions for new guides are welcome! Please send them to the Ask a Librarian service. Librarians start a new guide by outlining the topic, investigating the different types of resources available, and confirming which sources are reliable. Descriptive notes indicate the scope of a source or draw attention to a special feature. We’re sharing our best advice about where to locate useful information, whether you need an overview of a subject, tips for starting points, or comprehensive and exhaustive coverage.


      Why do you include old as well as new books, subscription databases, subject headings, and external websites in the guides?  As reference librarians, we include both historical and recent sources because it is important to provide researchers with broad and deep coverage of authoritative sources on a topic.  The research guides have links to subscription databases so that researchers are aware of ways to access thousands of sources, such as scholarly journal articles, historical and current newspapers and periodicals, auction records, art images, and much more.  Many of the research guides contain Library of Congress subject headings as a way to narrow and focus a user’s search in online catalogs. Links to important collections and items at external institutions are included to give researchers a wide array of resources.


      How can I can find these guides? You can start with an Internet search service, such as Google or Bing. Try a search for “washington, d.c. history” and you’ll likely see “guides.loc.gov” early in the search results.  Or, if you are already on the Library of Congress website, any search will include the Library’s LibGuides publications.  Online collections and other Web pages at the Library also link directly to relevant LibGuides.


      What else should researchers should know about using LibGuides?   Keep sending us your questions!  Every “research guide” from the Library of Congress includes an “Ask a Librarian” box for easy access to our reference librarians. We’re here to help you succeed with your research by email, Ask-a-Librarian, or telephone.

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          Polar Exploration: Primary Sources in the Manuscript Division


          The Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress is pleased to announce a new LibGuide focused on polar exploration.

          The Manuscript Division's collections provide a wealth of primary source material associated with polar exploration, including letters, diaries, sketches, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, and other historical documents. The content of this guide is not intended to be comprehensive, but provides an overview of selected manuscript materials to help researchers navigate collections in the Manuscript Reading Room. The bulk of this guide is focused on polar exploration in the late nineteenth century to mid-twentieth century and includes a brief timeline that highlights prominent dates within this time period.

          This guide also provides links to selected manuscript collections and digital materials such as documents, books, and images that are available from the Library of Congress. In addition, it provides links to recommended external websites focusing on polar exploration and a bibliography containing selected works for further reading.

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            Polish-American Relations, 1918 to Present: Manuscript Resources at the Library of Congress


            The Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress is pleased to announce a new LibGuide focused on Polish-American relations in the post WW-I era.


            The Manuscript Division primarily collects materials related to the United States and American political, cultural, and social events, movements, and persons. The collections include significant documentation of United States diplomatic, political and cultural exchanges with other nations. Only the official records of the State Department, held by the National Archives and Records Administration, surpass the richness of the Manuscript Division's holdings for documenting American foreign policy.


            Researchers interested in 20th Century Polish-American relations will find a multitude of relevant resources in the Manuscript Division, including the personal papers of Presidents, State Department officials, members of Congress, and military and political leaders. Correspondence with Polish dignitaries reveal much about the relationship between the United States and Poland, as well as provide insight into reactions to events of the times. Several early collections include correspondence with prominent Polish figures such as Tadeusz Kościuszko, Casimir Pulaski, and Adam Gurowski.

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              Business and Labor History: Primary Sources at the Library of Congress


              The Manuscript Division and the Science Technology and Business Division are pleased to announce a new LibGuide focused on Business and Labor HIstory.


              The Library of Congress' collections include a wealth of primary sources documenting business and labor history in the United States. These include personal papers, organizational records of companies and firms, presidential papers, and the records of government officials, judges, lawyers, and other members of the judicial system. The collections listed in this guide are arranged by topic, with an alphabetical list of all collections included in this resource. Note that this guide is not a comprehensive list of business and labor collections at the Library of Congress. Visit the Related Resources page to learn how to continue searching for other resources at the Library of Congress

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                Art Topics and Resources in the Manuscript Collections at the Library of Congress


                The Manuscript Division is pleased to announce a new LibGuide focused on Art Topics and Resources.


                The Manuscript Division is home to various remarkable fine arts, photography, and architecture-related collections. Researchers may access correspondence, client files, diaries, designs, drawings, and photographs within the papers of both amateur and professional individuals such as Herbert Block, D. M. N. Stouffer, I.M. Pei, and Charles Wellington Reed. Such archival material may be discovered in collections documenting nineteenth-century scientific explorations, diplomatic missions, and military engagements. Famous artists, like portrait painter and inventor Samuel Finley Breese Morse, and painter and etcher James McNeill Whistler, are represented by their own collections, while the correspondence and documentation of others may be found throughout the collections of their acquaintances, contemporaries, and associates.