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Appalachian Resources in Special Collections and University Archives: Digital/Online Resources


This section links to databases and collections of digital/online materials, both located at Special Collections and elsewhere. It also contains tools and resources for searching, including links to authoritative thesauri and subject/name terms that can help you identify search terms. If you need additional assistance, please contact our staff for help or suggestions!

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Search Tools for Primary Sources

ARVAS is a database for finding aids (collection guides) at about 35 participating institutions in Virginia and West Virginia. ArchiveGrid is a database of finding aids and catalog records for institutions around the country, but it is voluntary and not all-encompassing. WorldCat contains records for a wide variety of materials and formats with varying degrees of information. It is primarily focused on academic and public libraries.

Other states, state/multi-state partnerships, and regional consortia may also have search tools that include both finding aids and/or digital content. So, you may need to do some digging to locate additional search tools--and you can always ask our staff for help or suggestions!