Published items held in Special Collections, such as books, journals, pamphlets, and broadsides, are searchable in DELCAT. It is possible to limit your search to ONLY materials held in Special Collections by selecting the box next to "Special Collections" under the "Library" tab on the sidebar. Material from Special Collections will display the location information as "Special Collections Non-Circulating."
For additional information on how to search Special Collections in DELCAT, such as how to limit or sort by date, please refer to the DELCAT LibGuide.
Manuscript and archival collections in Special Collections contain a range of materials--such as documents, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, diaries, photographs, business records, reports, ephemera, audio, video, and born-digital content--from individuals, families, businesses, and organizations. The guides to these collections are called finding aids and they can be browsed and searched here: https://library.udel.edu/special/findaids/search. Not all finding aids or collection descriptions are online, so please contact Special Collections if you need help with your search.
For printed material in the catalog (e.g. books, pamphlets), you can search by creator using the prefix "au:" before your search term or conduct a subject search using the prefix "su:" before your search term. Remember to limit your search to "Special Collections."
You can also use Library of Congress subject terms to search the finding aids. Our finding aids also allow for plain language keyword searching like Google. Note, however, that plain language searching will return any finding aid containing the exact search term you use (no synonyms). You can also limit search results by date range, name, location and format using the filters on the side of the page.
A note on historic search/subject terms: Words and phrases to describe people, places and issues have changed over time (e.g. the Library of Congress' use of "Negro," changed to "Afro-American," changed to "African American," expanded to "Black"). Use historical language to develop synonyms (e.g. "colored") to your search terms to find a wider array of sources. In addition to suggested search terms provided here, please see Terminology in the Additional Resources section of this LibGuide. Contact Special Collections if you need assistance in identifying appropriate keywords for your research.
Sample Basic Search/Keyword Anywhere:
Sample Browse/Subject searches:
Other relevant subject searches using Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):