This research guide provides information about ways to access digital materials at the Library of Congress. The instructions in this guide can be used to access digital materials for purposes including, but not limited to, scholarly research, classroom instruction, creative practice, family history, civic engagement, connection to community, exploration of hobbies or passions, and more.
This guide also aggregates resources related to machine-readable datasets, the computational use of the digital collections, and the kinds of digital scholarship enabled by this form of access. It addresses some frequently asked questions from Library patrons, outlines multiple ways to access digital Library of Congress materials, and ends with resources for further analysis or publication of findings.
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The terms below can be useful in understanding digital scholarship and in the use of this guide.