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Introduction to the Archives: an Online Learning Portal

Use this self-paced Online Learning Module to learn more about the archives.

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Chloe Gerson
Chloe Gerson, Reference and Instruction Archivist
Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections, Goldfarb Library
Brandeis University
415 South St.
Waltham, MA 02453

Welcome to the Archives Online Learning Module!

Welcome to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections

Use the left-hand menu to follow along with this introductory module to learn more about archives and archival materials.  The module contains:

  • A diagnostic pre-assessment writing activity,
  • A short video about the differences between archives and libraries with a companion information sheet
  • A post-assessment writing activity
  • Related guides for reference

This module is meant for anyone who would like to learn more about archives, whether you are a history major or a chemistry major, an incoming student or a graduate student getting ready to learn about using archives for your research!

My name is Chloe Gerson, and I am the Reference & Instruction Archivist at Brandeis University.  My door is always open, and I am happy to help with assignments, plan class sessions, and answer any questions you might have about archives in general or the holdings right here at Brandeis University.

Online Learning Module Objectives

After completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Define "Primary Source" and list relevant examples of them
  • Differentiate between libraries, museums, and archives
  • Define and understand archival finding aids