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Reynolds-Finley Library Remote Access Guide: For Classes & Researchers

A guide to the resources and services from the Reynolds-Finley Historical Library that are available remotely.

For Researchers: Locating Primary Sources

We are very fortunate this day in age - just as we are working to digitize and digitally exhibit the unique materials at UAB, so are other special collections around the world. This is great for researchers of historical topics. Contact us if you need assistance locating primary resources made digitally available by UAB or other institutions. Let us know your topic of inquiry so we can advise on a collection that offers relevant materials. Below are some Digital Collections links you may find useful:

Finding Medical History Literature

For researchers and students interested in pursuing topics related to the history of medicine: If the time period is after 1950, search the literature using PubMed and link to full-text content when available. However, if your topic is prior to that time, you will have better luck searching the National Library of Medicine's IndexCat. Keep in mind that IndexCat is an index and does not provide linking to full-text, but it will allow you to identify books, pamphlets, and articles within journals regarding your topic. Digital versions of many of the journals are accessible by then searching the journal title in the library's catalog. Books and pamphlets may be available digitally through the online versions links within our catalog, through one of the digital collections mentioned above, or elsewhere online. Contact us if you need assistance in locating these.

For Professors: Information on Instruction Sessions

Until we are able to return to on-site instruction with the collection, the Reynolds-Finley Library can still offer instructional sessions through Zoom, or develop PowerPoints, videos or Research Guides for you to share with students. Below are a few suggested topics, but we are always willing to discuss other possibilities with UAB professors.

  • Use digital reproductions from the Reynolds-Finley collection to help students identify primary and secondary sources, as well as assess, evaluate and analyze these for historical research
  • Connect students with digital reproductions of primary sources
  • Address topics related to the history of medicine, science, the health sciences, and disease
  • Explain the traditional process of researching in a special collection
  • Demonstrate book preservation and conservation techniques
  • Discuss the profession of special collections librarianship

Contact Peggy Balch to plan or schedule a session.

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