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Archival Research Tutorial: Overview

Learn how to effectively conduct archival research and use primary sources in your research projects.

Ram Book Tree

We're located on the 3rd floor of the Sawyer Library. You know you've found us when you see the Ram Book Tree!


Welcome to Suffolk University's Archival Research Guide. This guide covers the following: how to distinguish between primary and secondary sources, effective search tips, and how to successfully use primary sources in papers and assignments. Additionally, learn about the unique research collections held by the Moakley Archive and Institute

Tutorial Sections

  1. What is an Archive?
  2. Getting Started with Archival Research
  3. Archival Collections at Suffolk University
  4. Using Digital Archives
  5. Citing Archival Sources

Moakley Archive and Institute Collections

The Moakley Archive and Institute is home to Suffolk University’s institutional archives and special collections. Use the research collections to explore the following topics:

  • Congressman John Joseph Moakley
  • United States Congress
  • Women in the French Resistance
  • Eugene O’Neill
  • Early history of radio
  • El Salvador’s civil war
  • History of Suffolk University
  • Ford Hall Forum
  • School Integration

Contact the Moakley Archive

Main Phone: (617) 305-6277


Web Site:

Digital Collections:

Hours: Available remotely M-F, 9-4:30. In-person research visits available by appointment. 

See also...

Using Online Collections