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Victorian Era (1837-1901) : Meridian School Research Guide: Evaluating websites

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Timelines: Sources from history – British Library interactive: The Victorians

This site is a link to a web site that has been critically evaluated and selected for its value as a research tool.

This first issue of History in Focus looks at Victorian history and the resources available to study it. To find issues on other topics, go to our home page.
 
Overview of Victorian Britain, 1837 -1901.
 
 
 
A collection of links to literary criticism and biographical information available on the web.  See "Victiorian Literature Overview."
 

Why not just use Wikipedia?

Checklist for evaluating information on the Web

Questions to ask about the site's author

  • Can you identify the author of the site (either an individual or an organization)?
  • Is the author an expert on this topic?
  • Is the author's primary purpose to provide scholarly information?
  • Is the author's primary purpose to sell a product or service?
  • Is the author's point of view unbiased?
  • Where does the site come form? Look at the URL - is it .edu for an educational site, .gov for government, .com for commercial, etc?

Questions to ask about the site's content

  • Are there any obvious errors or misinformation?
  • Does the information appear to be accurate?
  • Can the information be verified through another source?
  • Is the information current? (Is there a date for the last update on the page?)
  • Is the information scholarly in nature? Is documentation provided?
  • Are the links useful?
  • Are the links active?

Questions to ask about how the site is organized

  • Is there a table of contents?
  • Is the site easy to navigate?
  • Do the graphics enhance or interfere with the usefulness of the site?

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