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Library Special Collections - Information

Information regarding Library Special Collections Electronic Resources



an abbreviation for Kentucky Catalog of Online Collections. A searchable database that includes a wide variety of descriptions of books, manuscripts, photographs and objects housed in Library Special Collections and the Kentucky Museum. These materials do not circulate. 


  One-Search Library Catalog:

name for the WKU Libraries consolidated search engine which gives users results across nearly all library collections with a relevant-ranked list similar to a Google search. 

Research Guide:

Research guides created by subject librarians, archivists and museum curators regarding available resources on a particular subject.

See specifically WKU Archives for pre-programmed links on a variety of topics related to the history of WKU, faculty, staff, students and alumni.



name for the WKU Institutional Repository.  TopSCHOLAR is a University-wide, centralized digital storehouse dedicated to scholarly research, creative activity and other full-text learning resources that merit enduring and archival value and permanent access. There you will find full-text documents such as theses, dissertations and articles, class lectures, audio and video files. 

Library Special Collections section contains full-text historical documents, oversized photographs, maps, audio and video files as well as collection inventories.

WKU Library Special Collections and Kentucky Museum Research Strategies

A guide to searching the databases described above and interpretation of search results.  

WKU Library Special Collections & WKU Archives Genealogy Research

A guide to researching family history in Special Collections and WKU Libraries using the databases described above and others.

Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
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Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,
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 Last Modified 6/1/16