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Using Google to support your research

While many of these aggregates will pull in archived materials from various collections, if the person you are researching is lesser-known, you might come up empty in these big searches. Have no fear! You just have to find it yourself. There are people interested in documenting these historic greats, but you'll have to dig to find them.

Here are a few searching tips to try.

  1. Try searching for your person and adding "archives" or "special collection" or "museum" to your search terms. This might make you aware of a collection of materials dedicated specifically to this person. For example, "Fredrika Bremer" AND museum leads me to an American Swedish Historical Museum with information about her. I can search this entire website by limiting my search to only that website "Fredrika Bremer."
  2. Try a Google Search with additional characteristics of your person. For example, "Ruby Sutton" AND "civil rights" will bring up some great newspaper articles remembering her after her death. You may find other pieces of her life within those articles you want to search independent of her name.
  3. Consider limiting your searches to a particular domain. For example, "Maria Pearson" will return any .edu website that uses her name. This may lead you to publications written by or about your person.

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