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Finding Reliable Sources

You have found a web site that looks good, professionally designed, nice pictures etc. BUT, it is reliable?
Ask yourself these six important questions BEFORE you use any information from the web site!

1. Who is responsible for this site?

2. What are his or her credentials?

3. Have the authors documented their own sources?

4. What is the domain name? Does it end in .com, .gov, .edu, .org, or .net?

5. Who else links to the site? You can perform a link check in Google by entering "link:webaddress" in the search box. Is it linked to other reliable sites?

6. Would you include this site in a bibliography?


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    United States History Web Sites That Link to Many Sources

    100 Milestone Documents
    19th Century American Literary, Historical, and Cultural Studies
    19th Century Documents Project
    AMDOCS: Documents for the Study of American History
    America's Archive (Rice University)
    American Founders Online: An Annotated Guide to Their Papers and Publications
    American Memory (Library of Congress)
    American Presidency Project
    American President: An Online Reference Resource
    American Women
    American Women's History: A Research Guide
    Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy
    Best of History Web Sites: American History
    Chronology of U.S. Historical Documents
    Cornell University Witchcraft Collection
    Cornell University Library Making of America Collection
    Digital History
    Digital Librarian: History
    Digital Library on American Slavery (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)
    Discovering American Women's History Online
    DocsTeach: Primary Source Documents
    Early American History and Culture Links
    Founders Online
    Getting the Message Out! National Campaign Materials 1840-1860
    Historical Text Archive: United States
    HyperHistory Online
    Internet History Sourcebooks Project
    Medical Heritage Library
    National Archives: Access to Archival Databases
    Navy Department Library: Online Publications, Documents, and Subject Presentations
    Opening History: U.S. History Resources from Libraries, Museums, and Archives
    Presidential Elections: Resource Guides (Library of Congress)
    Public and Private Papers (of the Presidents)
    Smithsonian: National Museum of American History: Collections
    Songs of America (Library of Congress)
    The National Archives on YouTube
    Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
    Voice of the Shuttle: U.S. History
    Voices, Votes, Victory: Presidential Campaign Songs
    World Digital Library: United States of America
    World Wide Web Virtual Library: History: United States
     WSS Links: Women and Gender Studies Web Site


      ASM Resources

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      Ebsco Offers a broad range of full text and bibliographic databases designed for research.

      History Reference Center This database features full text for more than 9,990 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books.

      Newspaper Source Provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 (U.S.) & international newspapers. The database also contains selective full text for 389 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full text television & radio news transcripts are also provided.

      MAS Ultra - School EditionProvides more than 360 full text reference books, 85,670 biographies, over 107,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of over 510,000 photos, maps & flags, color PDFs and expanded full text backfiles (back to 1975) for key magazines.

      questia Academic and professional research-books, journal articles, magazine and newspaper articles

      Oxford Reference Online Brings together 2 million digitized entries across Oxford’sDictionaries,Companions andEncyclopedias

      Oxford Art Online The foremost scholarly art encyclopedia, covering both Western and non-Western art

      Oxford Music Online The leading online resource for music research

      JSTOR JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books and primary resources.

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