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New and improved ways to find our research guidance online
We have made some changes to our Records website to help you find the guidance you need more easily. You can now find all our online research guidance through our new research guidance A-Z (nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/atoz) and our research tools pages on looking for a person, place and subject.
Research and consultation
The changes to the navigation of our Records website follow extensive user consultation and testing. Users told us, both on site and online, that they found some of the guidance difficult to find, and that there was a lack of clarity as to what some of our guidance contains. We listened to these comments and came up with a solution to enable users of our website to find what they are looking for with ease.
Using our research guidance
You can use our research guides to learn how you can use archival records to trace a person's history, explore the history of a town or country, or find out how to research historical subjects. Also included are our quick animated guides, which tell you more about the records we hold, how they are organised and how you can start your research.
Our new research guidance A-Z contains a comprehensive list of all our research guidance, organised by keyword. We have also added more guides to the people, places and subjects pages, to make it easier to see all the guidance we have on particular topics. We’ve renamed many of our guides to make them easier to find, and we’re continuing to reduce duplication and improve the content of the guides to ensure that they meet the needs of our users. As part of this, we have archived a small number of guides.
A search function within the guidance A-Z will be made available soon. This will help you locate the right guidance for the subject or person you are researching even more efficiently.
We would love to hear your feedback on the new navigation. Tell us your views by using our online contact form.