Sharon Block, How to Research History Online

Here’s a good podcast from Ben Franklin’s World with host Liz Covart discussing researching history on the internet with Professor Sharon Block of the University of California-Irvine.

There are some really good tips for all of us students to help us in our own research efforts.

In addition to listing all the links mentioned in the podcast for us, the website contains an outline of what we’ll learn when we listen to this podcast:

What You’ll Discover

  • How early American men and women thought about race
  • How the digital age has changed how historians research
  • Digital privilege and what it means in terms of available historical sources
  • How historians conduct historical research online
  • The role of Google web products in online historical research
  • Why the difference between human and computer organized information matters
  • How we can maximize our ability to find information with keyword searches
  • Databases historians use to conduct research online
  • How to locate databases with historical information
  • What digital historical sources look like
  • Why some history databases employ paywalls
  • Whether historians employ a set of “best practices” when they conduct online research
  • Ways computers facilitate what historians can do with their research

You can get to the web page and the podcast itself here.


One comment

  1. Pat Young · · Reply

    Great program Al.

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