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Searching for Resources? Start Local!

  • September 15, 2021

Sometimes it can be difficult to track down resources, especially older journal articles or other print resources. The best place to start might be right under your nose. Check your local library, genealogy center, or the nearest college or university library. A great place to start is WorldCat, the world’s largest catalog of library resources.

If you’re able to find what you’re looking for at a library near you, often you’ll be able to visit and use the resource on-site. If you’re unable to visit in person, reach out to the staff—often, they’ll be able to work out a way to get the resource in your hands!

Assistant Producer Hannah Rea, based in Indianapolis, used WorldCat to find backlog copies of The Old Northwest and the Indiana Magazine of History. She found them in the nearby University of Indianapolis’ Krannert Memorial Library, and was able to visit campus to make copies of the articles for their research.