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Welcome to the Smithsonian Libraries' training pages. These guides will help you learn more about some of the research resources available to Smithsonian Staff.

Staff (including volunteers, fellows and interns) can request custom orientations and training for groups or individuals on any of the Libraries' online or print research tools, research methods and strategies, and more. Contact a library staff member or AskaLibrarian@si.edu for more information.

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detail from an engraving of a 16th century ship with a man in an "astrolabe" on the deck Navigate the Smithsonian Libraries

The Smithsonian Libraries offers a wealth of tools and services for researchers. But how do you find your way through these vast resources? This section will provide guidance on general or cross-disciplinary resources like OneSearch and interlibrary loan.

geometric image of light refracting through a prism Manage My Research Output

Actively managing your data throughout the research process enables reproducability, reusability and discovery, and can help maximize the impact of your research. 

Image from the book Posters by Charles Matlack Price Find Art & Design Resources

These resources will help you find art-specific information including articles from art journals, artist biographies and auction records.

Detail from illustration of President Lincoln and General Grant, Harper's Weekly, 1864 Find History & Culture Resources

Here you will find information about library resources focused on history, cultural studies, genealogy, and more.

Find science resources Find Science Resources

A wide variety of science databases, journals and resources are available to Smithsonian researchers.  Learn how to search like a pro using these training videos and tip sheets. 

Photo of old and rare books Create & Manage Citations/Bibliographies

Citation/reference managers like EndNote, Zotero and Mendeley help you capture research sources, organize them in your own online research library, and quickly create citations and bibliographies for your own papers.