The or dissertation) .Many academic departments and libraries

The purpose of this research paper is to help students and other
scholars to use the huge network of interlinked computers known as the Internet
to find historical sources they can use in their research. It is especially
addressed to the student in a college or university history course who is
preparing research assignment (term paper, thesis, or dissertation) .Many
academic departments and libraries in colleges and universities have begun to
produce Web sites with valuable materials. Some commercial enterprises and
individuals have also created useful sites. Yet, to many students and some of
their professors, the Internet remains a gigantic and seemingly random
repository of facts, opinions, propaganda (much in the form of advertising),
self-promoting home pages (some are that, some not), etc.
Also, you will learn how to use the Web to find and evaluate hard-copy books
and articles relating to your research project. You will learn how to find help
on the Internet for the writing stage of your project.
I hope that you find the site both useful and interesting. Although the
Internet has been around for many years, only recently has it become a
significant source for historical research. This development has been spurred
by the introduction and growth of the World Wide Web, an Internet interface
with graphical, sound, and video capabilities. Many academic departments and
libraries in colleges and universities have begun to produce Web sites with
valuable materials. Some commercial enterprises and individuals have also
created useful sites. Also, you will learn how to use the Web to find and
evaluate hard-copy books and articles relating to your research project. You
will learn how to find help on the Internet for the writing stage of your
project. Yet, to many students and some of their professors, the Internet
remains a gigantic and seemingly random repository of facts, opinions,
propaganda (much in the form of advertising), self-promoting home pages
(some are that, some not), etc

2.  History Resources on the Internet with Search
Engines

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One way to find sources for a topic is by using
search engines. Search engines are electronic devices that scrape through as
possible as several million Web pages and other Internet websites looking for
references to the word or phrase which you enter in a particular search
engine’s search box.

3. Finding Primary Sources on the Internet

Primary sources include personal
correspondence, diaries, journals, memoirs, autobiographies, and government
documents (laws, treaties, reports, ordinances, proceedings, etc.). Some
newspaper accounts qualify as well. You can find primary sources on the Internet
mainly by using for your research directories and search engines. Each method
has its advantages. Subject directories may easily lead you to correct material
to your research topic. It is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W.
Mellon Foundation.

Some Primary Source Projects on the
Internet

Ø 
The Avalon Project: This project is, assemble and managed by the Yale Law
School, which contains documents relevant to the fields of law, history,
economics, politics, diplomacy, and government. The scope of the project is in
international level. It is an excellent, growing site.

 

Ø 
Making of America: This project developed and maintained by the University of
Michigan, does big digital library of primary sources have to do with
nineteenth-century American history. It consists of scanned images of the pages
in the original books and journals. It is made possible by a grant from the
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project is best viewed with a frames-capable
browser. There is one serious limitation to the site. One must have a computer
with a high speed processor and also have a reasonably fast modem to make
practical use of this excellent collection. Otherwise, it will take too long
for the WebPages to load. Also, some page images are too large to be viewed on
the screen. Fortunately, there is a feature that allows for reducing the size
of the image.

4.
Finding Secondary Sources on the Internet

Secondary sources can be classified into at least
two categories. One is scholarly materials, developed usually by
professionally- trained historians, i.e., persons who have earned at least one
graduate degree in history. Many such historians hold the Ph.D. and teach in a
college or university. Such persons have skill and experience in making
judgments about sources and in using critical thinking to interpret the facts
they find in their research. Some amateur historians (i.e., historians without
such credentials) have sufficient experience and/or judgment to write excellent
scholarly history as well. The other category of secondary sources is popular
history. It is usually produced by non-professional historians, such as
journalists, novelists, or other writers. Much of the secondary source material
one finds on the Internet falls into this category. Usually, someone who is an
enthusiast about a given historical subject (the American Civil War, some phase
of it, etc.) decides to write about that subject, and then puts that writing on
the Internet. Such work is not subject to the criticism of historians, as is
the case with much of the secondary source material written by
professionally-trained historians and published as books or articles in
historical journals.

CONCLUSION

We know that Internet is only one source of
historical information Apply the evaluation criteria mentioned above for all
resources.From the foregoing,
certain points stand out clear. First that the major challenges of historical Research
revolve around the problems of sources, character of historical knowledge, objectivity,
Explanation, choice of subject, and the peculiar problems of contemporary history.
Finally, it must be emphasized that the efficacy of the recommended measures
would depend largely on the adoption of the proper attitude by the historian
towards his profession. Against all odds, the historian must endeavour to
execute his work with professionalism as the paramount consideration. This is
the only way history can enhance and sustain its relevance.