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Best of History Websites
Best of History Websites aims to provide quick, convenient, and reliable access to the best history-oriented resources online in a wide range of categories and has been designed to benefit history teachers and their students; however, general history enthusiasts will benefit from the site as well.
The Canadian Encyclopedia is the most comprehensive and authoritative general reference work ever produced in Canada. It contains more than 8 million words in English and French in some 20 000 articles written by expert contributors from every part of Canada.
Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.
The Internet History Sourcebooks
The Internet History Sourcebooks Project is a collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly (without advertising or excessive layout) for educational use.
Library of Congress Digital Collections
Search collections of images, maps, architectural drawings, pamphlets, etc. detailing the history of the United States of America.
Perseus Digital Library
A huge online archive to primary and secondary sources for the study of ancient Greece and Rome. Philology, literature, religion, art, architecture, and history are some of the areas covered.
When you are looking at sources you must evaluate them in order to determine if they are appropriate to use in your research. One technique is to use the CRAAP Test (VIDEO below) developed by the Librarians at California State University, Chico. Visit their LibGuide for more information.
- When was the information created or published?
- When was it last updated?
- Are the links working?
- Does it fit with the requirements of your assignment?
- How well does the information relate to your topic or research question?
- Who is the audience?
- What is the content level?
- Where is the information coming from?
- Who published it?
- Does the URL provide you with any clues? (.edu .gov .org)
- Who is the author?
- Are they an expert in their field? What makes them an expert?
- Is the source reliable? Known for providing accurate information?
- Does the information provided match the other sources you’ve consulted?
- What sources are they? Are those sources authoritative?
- Why was the research conducted?
- What is its purpose? Is it original research or commentary?
- Can you identify the central argument?
- What sources do they use? Are they balanced?
Evaluating Web Resource: Video Tutorial
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