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Using Online Resources 


ArchivesSpace is our online tool that allows you to search what is in the Archives & Special Collections. ArchivesSpace contains our finding aids, or descriptions of our individual collections, to help you understand what kind of materials and information you'll find inside a particular collection. You will not find digital scans or images of the materials in ArchivesSpace,  but rather a summary of what materials you can see if you visit in person (for digitized materials you can view on the web, see Digitized Materials below). Here is a brief video tutorial on using ArchivesSpace:

Digitized Materials

We have two resources for looking at our materials that are viewable online. One is focused more on select historical materials from the archives, and the other contains research and academic work created by the UNC community. 

Here is a brief video tutorial on using Archives & Special Collections @ Digital UNC:

Libraries Catalog

The UNC Libraries online catalog allows you to search all types of library resources. Using this tool, you can find books and other published materials that are located in Archives & Special Collections.  If you need help navigating the catalog, the UNC Libraries YouTube site has tons of resources to help with your searching: https://www.youtube.com/user/UNCLibraries/videos.   

Research Guides 

Research Guides can help point you towards resources and databases to help in your research. Here are some guides specifically made by our archival staff: 


Want some help searching our databases? Check out Database Search Tips for advice on getting the most out of your UNC Libraries online searches. 

UNC Web Archive

The UNC Web Archive includes past versions of websites from the unco.edu domain and web content documenting UNC student life, campus activities, and university-related initiatives. Begun in 2019 and hosted by Archive-It, websites are crawled and added on a regular basis.