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British Country Houses, Gardens, and Castles: Research Strategies

This page is intended to guide users through the resources needed to study Castles, Country Houses and Gardens of England, Scotland and Wales.

Research Strategies

Keep variant spellings in mind when searching Orbis and the library databases.

Putting a search term in quotation marks; e.g., "Robert Adam", will search that exact term.

Consider using alternate search terms such as:

"Abbey", "Castle", "Court", "Fort" "Hall", "House", "Manor", "Palace", "Park", "Place", "Tower"

Truncate your searches if possible. If you use truncation, which almost every index allows (look to see if it is *, #, ?, or some other symbol), you will gather more results and save searching time. For example, searching feudal* searches two terms at once: feudal and feudalism.

Browse the Stacks - When you have located a book from the reccomended book lists of this guide or directly from Orbis try browsing in the stacks. This can sometimes help you find resources that you didn't realize you needed.

Use Bibliographies - Don’t forget to use the bibliographies and footnotes found in the books and articles you are using. They can often point you to other resources of interest.

Use the Vertifical Files - In Orbis these files are marked with  a “V” with a series of numbers following. These useful files are stored behind the Reference desk. There are many pamphlets, brochures, research papers, etc. that could pertain to your research.

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