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ENGL 106 / 108: Teaching Assistant Guide For Implementation of Archives and Special Collections into Freshman Composition

A guide for Teaching Assistants for implementing Purdue Archives and Special Collections into their freshman composition courses.

Navigating Archon and eArchives

It is extremely important for you to be proficient in our online collections resources before creating an assignment or choosing an assignment to give to your students. You will be in a much better position to help your students if you understand how difficult it can be to use these search engines. The best way to learn how to use Archives and Special Collections resources is through an instruction session with an archivist. 

You may set up an individual session or a group session with other T.A.s by emailing or calling 765-494-2839. You may also go to the "Useful Contacts" tab on this LibGuide and contact a T.A. or a specific archivist for an instruction session. 

Learn more about the collections by visiting our full catalog of archival and manuscript collections at View digitally-created or digitized materials at e-Archives, a compendium of documents, photos, and other materials and collections by visiting

Visit the Reading Room


Lawrence E. and Janet M. Hiler Reading Room

Lawrence E. and Janet M. Hiler Reading Room

In order to understand what your students will experience when conducting their research, it is paramount for you to visit the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center, home of Archives and Special Collections. It would be best to find a collection online, come to the reading room and register, request to see the collection, and then look through the collection. Again, it is best to visit before you give your students an archives assignment.

You may fill out a registration form ahead of time and bring it with you to the Purdue Archives and Special Collections, or you may simply fill out the form at the front desk upon your arrival.

Registration Form:

Click this text to download our registration form.