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Humanities Research: Sources and Strategies: Web resources

Tips for Web Resources

Websites can be used as scholarly information sources, or as primary source material (reflecting its time and place, or a particular viewpoint).


Types of scholarly websites:

  • Metasites: sites that collect links to a variety of resources for a discipline or subject area.
  • Websites of libraries, archives, museums, other research institutions, scholarly associations. Including institutional repositories.
  • Scholarly projects (William Blake Archive, Perseus Project, databases like ATLA, RISM).
  • Scholars' personal websites.


Evaluating websites:

  • See "Resources" below.


Web resources: Should I do a Broad or Narrow Search?

Due to the amount of searchable content on the web, you'll want use your most precise search strategy. You can always drop keywords to broaden your search as needed.