On this page, you will find resources for starting a project, researching, and learning about the collections at Duke.
The Rubenstein Library is home to several collections, including
- Archive of Documentary Arts
- History of Medicine Collections
- Human Rights Archive
- John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture
- John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History
- Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History & Culture
- University Archives
Using the Reading Room
The History Hackathon will involve introductory sessions to conducting research in the Rubenstein Library. However, the library contains plenty of information online about how to use their facilities.
Please remember to bring your Student ID.
Rubenstein Library maintains a large list of research guides for several topics and types of source materials. For the full list, please visit their research guides page. You can also search the full collection of finding aids.
- Advertising, Sales & Marketing History
- African and African American History & Culture
- American Literature
- Civil War Resources
- Comic Books & Graphic Novels
- Durham and Local History
- History of Medicine
- Human Rights
- Jewish Studies
- Latin America and the Caribbean
- Religious Materials
- Slave Letters
- Women’s History & Culture
Students are also encouraged to utilize the full library resources through the Duke Libraries system. Duke has an enormous collection of secondary works, including online journals, eBooks, an impression collection of research databases, along with millions of books through the multiple libraries around campus.
Duke also offers an enormous number of digital collections, providing patrons with digital versions of library materials as well as tools to browse, search, and analyze these materials online. In addition to providing easier access to these materials, digital collections aid in the preservation of materials by reducing the need for handling the originals.
For a full list of the digitized collections, browse their collections page.
Need more help? Ask a reference librarian!
For students interested in digital projects, The Edge offers drop-in ours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-2pm in its Digital Studio to help familiarize you with frequently-used software.
The Digital Studio includes 3 Mac workstations with dual monitors and 1 mobile display screen with HDMI and VGA connections.
- Evernote Premium
- NVivo for Mac
Data Management and Editing Tools
- Filemaker Pro
- Google Refine