Finding Your Own Library Treasures

Are you looking for an original research material in fulfillment of coursework? Are you thinking of producing a video for the Library Treasures video-shorts competition? How about putting together a summer project that will explore our library’s collections and that will be funded by  the Undergraduate Research and Opportunities Program (UROP)?

Here are some simple steps you can take to find your own library treasures!

Step 1. Explore our library’s collections.

Begin exploring our library’s collections (1) by visiting the collections’ website, (2) by browsing “Making Connections,” (3) by attending library colloquia, or (4) by simply walking into Hamilton Library to browse the open stacks and to visit the collections rooms and archives.

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. 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 there are any special rules and guidelines in the handling of materials.

Step 4. Make a research plan.

Develop a plan of research in consultation with your course instructor/ faculty mentor. Consult also our librarians, archivists, and reference-desk staff for further research guidance.

Step 5. Prepare your research proposal.

When applying for research funding, it will be necessary to prepare a research proposal, draw up a budget, and identify one or more faculty members who will act as references. On these issues, follow the funding organizations’ guidelines.

Step 6. Begin analyzing the collection.

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