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Research Guides
Explore a variety of subjects and primary sources related to Stanford courses and areas of research

What is a Research Guide?

Research guides offer thematic entry points to our collections. They are created by librarians and archivists and compile resources relevant for specific topics, thematic and disciplinary fields, and academic courses. A typical research guide contains a brief overview over our materials on a given subject or theme, links to finding aids to select archival collections, library items, video and photo resources, and recommendations on search strategies. We distinguish two types of research guides: subject/topic guides and course guides.

Getting Started

Visit the Reading Room

If you would like to access the collections in our reading room, please register for access through Aeon. For more details, please see our web page Plan a Research Visit. Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Researchers must select materials and reserve a seat at least 7 calendar days in advance for the Stanford campus reading room and L&A in DC.

Subject/Topic Guides

The subject guides highlight material and collections from the Library & Archives on core themes and specific topics. They are prepared by our subject specialists and typically include an annotated list of some of our most relevant sources. All subject guides also contain contact information for reference assistance as well as links to our general finding aids which enable you to search all our collections.

Course Guides

Course guides are resources for the academic community at Stanford. They are prepared in consultation with Stanford faculty for specific courses throughout the academic year. Stanford students and other interested researchers may refer to a course guide for ongoing reference.

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About Our Collections

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives collects both geographically and thematically. With more than 1 million library volumes and more than 6,500 archival collections, originating from 171 countries and in 69 languages, we rely on our curators as subject matter experts to oversee and actively acquire these collections in alignment with the mission of the institution. Learn more on our Collections page.