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The Internet for Historians

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The Internet for Historians

The reading material can be read online or downloaded.

Kaitlin Duck Sherwood, A Beginner's Guide to Effective Email, is good to read.

1. What is history?

A Student's Guide to the Study of History

Losing America's Memory: Historical Illiteracy in the 21st Century

Peter Stearns, "Why Study History?" American Historical Association

2. Primary sources and secondary sources

The Historian's Sources: Primary and Secondary Sources

Repositories of Primary Sources

EuroDocs: Primary Historical Documents From Western Europe

Consider the Source: Historical Records in the Classroom

The Avalon Project at Yale

3. History of the Internet

A Brief History of the Internet.

R.T. Griffiths, "Internet for Historians, History of the Internet."

History of the Internet

David Halsted and Melanie Shell, "How Discussion Lists are Transformed into Networks: The H-NET, Humanities OnLine Experience."

History of Computing

4. History of historians using the Internet.

Don Mabry, "The History of the HTA," Historical Text Archive

Lynn Nelson, "Before the Web: the Early Development of History On-line,"

Andrew McMichael, Michael O'Malley, and Roy Rosenzweig, Historians and the Web: A Beginner's Guide. AHA Perspectives, December, 1995.

5. Methods of using the Internet

Alan Brinkley, Betty Dessants, Michael Flamm, Cynthia Fleming, Charles Forcey, and Eric Rothschild, "Using Electronic Resources for Teaching," The Chicago Handbook for Teachers

Bailey, Charles W., Jr. Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography. Houston: University of Houston Libraries, 1996-2001.

Patrick Reagan, Guides for Using the Internet

6. Search strategies

Search tools

7. Critical Reading

Dan Kurland, How the Language Really Works: The Fundamentals of Critical Reading and Effective Writing.

Content-Specific Learning Strategies for History

8. How to evaluate Web sites in history

Internet Detective

Jim Kapoun, "Teaching undergrads WEB evaluation,"

Critical Thinking in the Internet Era

Evaluating Web Sites: Criteria and Tools

Evaluating Web Resources

The ICYouSee Guide to Critical Thinking About What You See on the Web

Bibliography on Evaluating Internet Resources

Hope Tillan, Evaluating Quality on the Net

9. Examples of good history Web Sites:


ORB, the Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies

Making of Modern America, University of Michigan

Model Editions Partnership

Electronic Text Center Collections, University of Virginia

The Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents (CSAD)

target=blankThe Wilfred Owen Multimedia Digital Archive (WOMDA)

The HumBul Humanities Hub


Historical Text Archive

Valley of the Shadow

10. Historical Journals

American Historical Review

JSTOR, the Scholarly Journal Archive

Business History Review

Central Europe Review

Feminist Collections: A Quarterly of Women's Studies Resources

Journal of African History



Joel D. Kitchens, Clio on the Web: An Annotated Bibliography of Select E-Journals for History

11. Book reviews

H-Net Reviews

New York Review of Books

Reviews in American History

Reviews in History [IHR, London]

12. Discussion groups/lists

American Research Libraries, Directory of Scholarly Electronic Journals and Academic Discussion Lists

Look at some history discussion groups listed in American Research Libraries, Directory of Scholarly Electronic
Journals and Academic Discussion Lists .


13. Citing electronic resources

Citing Electronic Resources

Maurice Crouse, Citing Electronic Information in History Papers

14. The library versus the Internet

Carl Smith, "Can You do Serious History on the Web?," AHA Perspectives, February, 1998.

Nicholas Evan Sarantakes, So That a Tree May Live: What the World Wide Web Can and Cannot Do for Historians

15. Creating Web pages

Sean Townsend, Cressida Chappell, and Oscar Struijvé, Digitising History: A Guide to Creating Digital Resources from Historical Documents.

Ethics in Computing

History Courseware Consortium

James J. McNelis III, The Goose and the Golden Egg: Intellectual Property and the Computer in Higher Education

Brad Templeton, 10 Big Myths About Copyright Explained