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Policies for Using Special Collections and University Archives

All researchers using materials from Special Collections and University Archives must register for a Special Collections Account. This account allows researchers to place requests for materials and manage your research online.


How to

Although reference librarians are happy to try and answer questions to the best of their ability, library staff cannot perform in-depth research services for patrons due to limited staffing. We are continuously striving to make our collections discoverable through our catalog and our website to enable researchers to quickly locate relevant materials. We are glad to help patrons navigate these systems and develop search strategies, and we welcome your feedback.

Digitized course catalogs are available for all courses at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Maryland State College of Agriculture, and the Maryland Agricultural College. We do hold course descriptions for classes taken through University of Maryland University College. Complete the UMUC Course Description request form, and mail to the UMUC Registrar's office.

When citing materials in Special Collections and University Archives collections, researchers should include the following information: a copyright notice (if applicable); acknowledgment of the photographer (if applicable); the title of the collection; and the credit line, "Special Collections and University Archives, University of Maryland Libraries."

For example: May Queen 1969; copyright University of Maryland; Michael Parker, photographer; Adele Stamp Papers; Special Collections and University Archives, University of Maryland Libraries.

Within the finding aid, click the "Cite" button in the upper right hand corner of the screen to generate a citation. Click "Copy to clipboard" and then paste into your desired location.

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