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About WU Archives

This guide will help you navigate University Archives' more than 300 unique collections, most of which document the history of Washington University from 1853 to today. Other collections are related to 20th century St. Louis history.

The Research Process

Step 1: Exploring Your Research Idea and Constructing Your Search


Step 2:  Finding Background Information


Step 3:  Gathering More Information


Step 4:  Locating Current Research


Step 5:  Evaluating Your Sources


Step 6:  Cite What You Find in Discipline-Appropriate Format