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Finding Your Own Library Treasures

Are you searching for an unusual, fun, and original source to work on to fulfill your course requirements? Are you looking for new ideas in pursuit of a summer project with the Undergraduate Research and Opportunities Program (UROP)? Are you considering competing for the Library Treasures video-shorts competition?

Here are the simple steps you can take to find your own library treasures to satisfy your intellectual curiosity!

Step 1. Explore our library’s collections.

Begin exploring our Library’s collections by visiting the Library Treasures Home Page or go directly to the Collections Web site.

Alternatively, you may run keyword search by using the Voyager catalog to explore our library materials, including books, periodicals, films and music.

Step 2. Identify a collection of interest.

Make note of the collections that attract your attention, and identify the Collection Department at which they are held (e.g. Hawaiian & Pacific Collections Department, Asia Collection Department, Moir Reading Room of the University Archive).

If the items you are interested are part of the general library materials, they are usually held on the open-stack shelves in the Library. Double-check the call number and the location as shown in the Voyager catalog.

Step 3. Visit the library and view the collection in person.

Go to the place where the collection of your interest is held, and start viewing it yourself.

Make sure to ask the librarian, archivist, or curator in charge as to whether or not there are any special rules and guidelines in the handling of the collection.

Step 4. Make a research plan.

Develop a plan of research in consultation with your course instructor/ faculty mentor. Consult also the librarian, archivist, or curator in charge, and ask if they know any researchers who are knowledgeable about the collection.

Step 5. Prepare your research proposal.

A good research proposal should contain the following elements: (1) title; (2) description of the topic; (3) research questions; (4) hypothesis; (5) writing plan; (6) list of primary sources and secondary literature; (7) discussion of primary sources; and (8) overview of relevant secondary literature. If you are applying for funds from UROP or any other sources, the proposal should also include a budget.

Step 6. Begin analyzing the collection.

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