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If you would like to refine your search results, you can use Advanced Search to search by specific attribute or attributes. With Advanced Search, your results will include items that match every condition you specify.

To add a new attribute, select the name of the attribute from the dropdown menu, and enter your search query in the new field that appears. Click "Search" to run your query again and see your new results.

To add another new attribute, just repeat the steps above. You can search on as many attributes as you'd like. When you have added all the attributes you need, click "Search" to run your query again and see your new results.

To remove an attribute, click the "X" under the attribute's field. (Repeat as needed to remove multiple attributes.) Click "Search" to run your query again and see your new results with this attribute removed.

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Basics of Archival Research

Conducting research can be challenging, but the good news is that it is a skill that can be developed. While the principles of research apply to most archives, there are some differences from place to place. Here are some helpful tips for researching at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.

Browse Finding Aids

Finding aids are created by archivists to help researchers understand and navigate a collection. They provide information on the creator of a collection, the materials it contains, and often highlight copyright concerns and noteworthy content. Our finding aids usually include a listing of all boxes and folder titles, making it easy for researchers to request the most useful materials.

Browse Subject Headings

An alphabetical listing of subject headings associated with the Library's archival collections. Each heading is defined and links out to relevant archival holdings.