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Archives are often met with confusion and the assumption that they operate in similar ways to libraries. The differences between libraries and archives are vast, but once understood, make perfect sense. Drawing on the writings of archival scholars, my own knowledge, and the desire to explain the nuances of archives, this essay aims to educate the reader on archival theory and practices, explain the differences between libraries and archives, and demystify archives so that they are more accessible.


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  • Alternative title
    • Spotlight on a Discipline: An Introduction to Archival Practices

  • Journal title
    • International Social Science Review

  • Volume
    • 94

  • Issue
    • 1

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

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    • Acknowledgements:

      Rachel Moats is a dual masters student at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, iSchool; she is completing a Masters of Information in Archives and Records Management and a Masters of Museum Studies.