How do I... Navigate the Smithsonian Libraries

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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.

Introduction to Research at the Smithsonian Libraries

The Smithsonian Libraries supports research activities across the Smithsonian through a network of 21 specialized libraries, staffed by skilled professionals ready to help library users with scholarly resources and research strategies. 
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Off-Site Access to Smithsonian Libraries’ Electronic Resources

Information on how Smithsonian staff can access the Libraries' Research Tools from off-site. 
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Accessing Articles via OneSearch

These instructions explain how to access articles using OneSearch, the digital front door to the Libraries’ collection.
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Year of Music Research Guide

The Smithsonian Libraries invites you to discover our musical collections in celebration of the Smithsonian’s Year of Music. 
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