Researchers and historians now have a new tool to help in the hunt for government records. Recently the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) unveiled a new Online Public Access system that allows researchers to search multiple NARA databases at once and provides access to millions of electronic records. The database offers basic and advanced search options as well as the ability to refine results by date, data source, location, and type of material. In addition to textual records, it also links researchers to other types of relevant resources such as photographs, moving images, and maps.
The Online Public Access system website provides information about how to search the database as well as a short video about the system.