Answered By: Laura Sider
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Q: What is a finding aid? How do I use one?
Answered by: Laura Sider

A finding aid is a document that provides a detailed description of the contents of a special collection. It is a tool that allows a researcher to determine what relevance a particular collection has to their inquiry. HTML finding aids in the Yale Finding Aid Database include links that permit a researcher to easily request materials for use in a special collections reading room. Most finding aids offer a downloadable PDF version as well. 

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