Building access is available to GW students, faculty, and staff who have completed all of the steps outlined on GW's Onward website. No one will be allowed to sign in without a physical GWorld card or enter the library if their GWorld card tap is denied. Library access is not available for alumni or visitors. Masks are required inside all library buildings.

How to search GW material in Internet Archive

How to search across all of GW Libraries materials in Internet Archive

1. Go to https://archive.org/details/gwulibraries. This is the Internet Archive collection for GWU Libraries.

2. Locate the search box on the left. Enter your search term here. Also, see the two radio buttons?

a screenshot of the GW libraries page detailing step two

3. If you select "Metadata (default)", Internet Archive will look for your search term only within the metadata of each item. What's included in the metadata? On each item page, the metadata is listed below the item. It includes things like Title, Creator, Description, and Date.

screenshot detailing step three in the instructions

4. If you click the other radio button, "Full text of books", Internet Archive will look for your search term within the full text of written material that the computer can read (including typed materials but not handwritten materials, audio, video, or photographs). Note: If you run a full text search, the web page will change its design a little bit, but that's ok. 

screenshot detailing step 4

5. You can further refine the results by filtering specific metadata fields:

screenshot detailing step 5

Example searches

Find all issues of Hatchet newspaper, sorted by date from oldest to newest:

 

image of example searches

Find all text materials from the RG0044 University Relations Collection that mention the word "Marvin":

(Remember that if you run a full text search, the web page will change its design a little bit, but that's ok.)

screenshot of archives search