By Alison Newby
Last time we discussed the importance of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre (AIU Centre) and its collections, touching on some of the realities of archives and archival research, and looking at the kinds of questions we need to ask ourselves before engaging with an archive collection. This time we’ll be moving on to begin checking out the ways relevant Centre resources can be identified and accessed.
There are three ways into the collection:
- Databases (including subject area resource lists)
- Human interface (speaking to the librarian and/or Collections Access Officer) [coming soon]
- Serendipity (just going in and browsing) [coming soon]
Which one you start with is very much up to you and your preferred style. This time I’ll be introducing the different database options at your disposal. I’ll be looking at the human interface and serendipity in future posts.
So you’ll be able to dip into this post to find information that’s particularly interesting to you, I’ll be covering these subjects under the following headings:
- Databases – subject area resource lists
- Databases featuring the Centre’s resources
- Building up a relevant list of Centre resources
- What to do next