During the 2020-2021 academic year, which was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers had limited access to physical repositories for historical research. Both the limitation of in-person archival access and the growth of digitization led to a greater use and reliance on digitized primary source materials. This preliminary study examines the approaches undergraduate and graduate history students took to find and access primary sources online amidst the pandemic. An expanded study has the potential to provide insight on search methods, types of repositories used, types of primary sources used, the use of online vs in-person sources, and factors for digital primary source use. In a post-pandemic environment, students will most likely still rely on digital primary sources. Librarians and archivists can use this data to improve their own practice when teaching history students effective strategies for finding primary sources online.
"Use of Digital Archives during the COVID-19 Pandemic by Murray State History Students,"
Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies: Vol. 9, Article 9.
Available at: https://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol9/iss1/9