Manuscripts and Special Collections

How do I start my research?

  • Be clear on exactly what you are researching. It is easier to research a number of narrow topics one-by-one than to try to research an entire subject in one go
  • Use the library to undertake background reading of your chosen area before trying to use original documents. You might find that someone else has already done the research, or provided a complete transcription of the document
  • Read footnotes and bibliographies. They often provide references of useful documents, or reveal the location of original records
  • Make use of published guides and the internet to determine where appropriate material is held
  • Finally, visit the archive office. The background work you have done will help you make the most of your time there


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Manuscripts and Special Collections

Kings Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 4565
fax: +44 (0) 115 846 8651