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Ball State University Archives and Special Collections: Conducting Archival Research

Archival research involves primary sources held in an archive, a Special Collections library, or other repository. Archival sources can be manuscripts, documents, records (including electronic records), images, artifacts, recorded sound or moving images, or other materials. This type of research is generally more complex and time-consuming than secondary research, presenting challenges in identifying, locating and interpreting relevant documents. 

Archival Research

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