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A guide to History resources in the Cressman Library.
Last Updated: May 3, 2017 URL: http://libguides.cedarcrest.edu/history Print Guide

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About using Web Resources

Note:  There are some excellent resources listed here, but please keep in mind that in general many Web-based resources must be reviewed for authority, accuracy and authenticity. Also, Web materials are time-sensitive - a page in existence one week may not be around the following week. We have tried to list reliable, stable websites, but these tenets are always good to keep in mind while browsing ...

Websites

  • Online Books Page
    An index of books available online for free.
  • Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
    MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide
  • Voice of the Shuttle
    A comprehensive meta-guide to humanities websites, emphasizing both primary and secondary resources.
  • Wikipedia
    "Wikipedia is a free encyclopedia, written collaboratively by the people who use it. It is a special type of website designed to make collaboration easy, called a wiki. Many people are constantly improving Wikipedia, making thousands of changes per hour. All of these changes are recorded in article histories and recent changes."

    Use with care but it is a wonderful site to explore new authors and find web-links to author sites.
  • ipl2: Information You Can Trust
    ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. The site is hosted by The College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University, and a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science are involved in developing and maintaining the ipl2.

Google Scholar

If you are off campus, follow this link to Google Scholar Find It @ Cedar Crest.



Google

Google Scholar is a place to start but make sure you use your professional indexes.  A controlled vocabulary search is often more reliable & less overwhelming than a Google search.

If you use Google for a web search; use Google advanced which gives you more control over the results.  If you limit by Domain you can see the results from goverment sites (.gov), organizations sites (.org), or education sites (.edu). You can also limit by when the site was last updated.

Evaluate sites the way you would evaluate a book or other resource.  Who sponsors it?  When was it last updated?  Who wrote it? Who thinks it is a good site? Typing "Link: " then the sites address in the Google search bar should result in a list of sites that links to that particular web-page.  Who points to it will tell you something about the usefulness of the page.

Google Advanced Search for Primary Sources

Searching on the Web

Searching the web is tracked closely by the providers; such as Google, Bing, etc. Over time the providers know the results you have been going to and will start to ONLY return results they think you want. For example, if you primarily look at conservative political sites; eventually, the typical search engine will only ever return conservative political sites. You will never get any other viewpoint. Scholars are supposed to step back and look at all sides of the research subject. The practice of only returning what matches your search history is called a "search bubble."  It is one of the great opinion polarizers of modern web culture. Search providers also sell "top spot" returns which also skew the results you receive.

There are a few steps you can make to minimize the research impact of these practices:

+ Make sure you look at all viewpoints in the first place.

+ Use a non-tracking search engine such as Duck Duck Go.

Check out the link Don't Bubble Us for a clearer explanantion!

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