April 27, 2017

Finding Sources: Exploring the Digital Collections

Library of Congress Digital Collections

Summer is the perfect time to take some time to explore the Library of Congress digital collections. From the Library homepage, simply click the Digital Collections box in the center top row under Collection Highlights.

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There are close to 300 digital collections so there’s plenty to explore. The default view is Gallery so you can easily get an overview of each collection and how many digital resources are available.

  • Click on the thumbnail image or the title to read more about the collection.
  • Click on the View items button to go directly to a list of items.

The collections are listed in alphabetical order but you can use the left column to refine your search or sort the results.

  • subject
  • collection repository (part of)
  • resource type (original format)

Once you dive into the collection itself, you can view items in a list (default view) or choose gallery, grid, or slideshow views.

  • Simply access the drop-down menu at the top, right of the results; select your view; and click the Go button.
  • You can also refine or sort the collection items using the links in the left column.
    • resource type (original format and online format)
    • date
    • location
    • subject
    • collection repository (part of), contributor, subject, language
    • access (available online or available at the Library of Congress Campus)

Please feel free to share the treasures you uncover!

h/t Mary Johnson

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