Choreographing Your Search
How can I access RLIN?
In many research and university libraries in the United States, RLIN is available for public use. More and more frequently, RLIN's Eureka is offered as an option in Online Public Access Catalogs (OPACs) at universities. Additionally, individual dial-up searching accounts are available. If your OPAC does not offer RLIN or Eureka as an option, ask a library staff member if it is available for your use on a terminal in the reference room. If your local library does not offer access, you can investigate obtaining a personal account by calling the RLIN information center at 1-800-537-7546.What is the RLIN database used for?
Researchers generally use the RLIN database to identify works on a subject or by an author, to verify bibliographic information, to compile bibliographies and lists, and/or to locate items held by RLIN member institutions. It may be searched by subject, title, series title, author, illustrator, translator, or form/genre. Search results may be restriced by language, place, and date of publication. Description of items include library holdings, copy specific information, and call numbers as well. It is important to note that RLG has made a particular effort, since its founding, to reach out to libraries and other repositories holding primary research materials. Therefore RLIN is a good source for locating manuscripts, personal papers, and visual materials. Additionally, RLIN has focused on particular subject areas, including art, architecture, and law. When your search is completed, you can download the search results or send them to an e-mail address in formats that are useable by database and word processing programs.What is the Archival Resources service?
In September 1998, the Research Libraries Group introduced a service to combine the RLIN union catalog for archival collections with a fast-growing set of online archival collection guides, or finding aids, to create a single point of entry to worldwide archival holdings. By using an enhanced version of the Eureka searching system, researchers gain access to the entire RLIN AMC file--half a million catalog records describing archival and mixed collections, as well as thousands of full-text archival finding aids, and, in some cases, linked images of items. A flat annual fee for multiple-user access to Archival Resources is available. See the RLG Archival Resources home page for more information.Can I search RLIN from home?
One section of RLIN, the AMC files (Archival and Manuscript Collections), can be searched by anyone free of charge from the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections home page, using easy or advanced search forms.