The Digitised Manuscripts web pages give access to fully digitised manuscripts held at the British Library, with their descriptions. Full searching capabilities. You can also browse by manuscript, author, scribe, or title.
Offers access to 30,000 images from various medieval books and selected exhibition items. Also includes the facility to "turn the pages" of many important works, including the Magna Carta and Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks.
An searchable interdisciplinary collection of materials for the study of patterns of gender around the ancient Mediterranean. Contains essays, a bibliography indexed by topic, 30,000+ images, and a selection of scholarly essays.
A multi-lingual online collection of millions of digital items, Europeana includes treasures from European museums, libraries, archives, and multi-media collections. Among the institutions represented are the British Library, the Louvre, and the Rijksmuseum.
A set of collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts, maps, and articles on a wide variety of historical areas. Organized by geographical area and time period, the site includes links to primary sources from not only the Western world, but Africa and the Islamic and Eastern world as well.
A collection of 441 works of mainly Greco-Roman literature by 59 different authors (all in English translation). Includes a search feature as well as user-driven commentary and "reader's choice" websites.
This internet collection contains works from the Classic period, as well as collections of Germanic, Arabic, Renaissance and, 19th Century American works. The Art and Archeology Artifact Browser provides access to 1305 coins, 1909 vases, 2003 sculptures, 179 sites, 140 gems, and 424 buildings. Each entry has a description of the object and its context; most have images.
A project of the Library of Congress, UNESCO, and various institutions from around the world, this site provides digital access to rare and unique documents from a wide variety of cultures. Formats included are books, journals, manuscripts, maps, prints and photographs, films, and sound recordings.
Evaluating Web Information
When looking at a website, evaluate it using criteria such as:
Purpose & Audience
Who is the site designed for?
Is the site scholarly or popular?
Are there advertisements on the site?
What is the overall purpose of the site?
Authority & Credibility
Can the author of the site be identified?
What are the author's qualifications?
Is the site affiliated with a particular organization?
What is the domain of the site (.edu, .gov, .org, .com)?
Do you think the author has expertise on the subject?
Accuracy & Reliability
Does the site appear to be well-researched?
Are there references to the sources of informations supporting the site's statements or viewpoints?
Does the site include grammatical, spelling, or typographical errors?
How does the site compare to library resources available on the topic?
Currency & Timeliness
When was this information published?
Does the page indicate when it was most recently updated?
Are there dead links on the page?
Objectivity or Bias
Does the site present many opinions or just one?
Can you tell if the site presents mostly opinions or facts?
Can you identify any bias in the information presented?
Is the site sponsored by a company or organization?
If there are advertisements, are they easy to distinguish from the informational content?
Structure & Navigation
Is the site well organized?
Is it easy to navigate between different pages on the site?
Does the site offer a search box?
Finally, ask yourself these questions:
Is this site a reliable, well-documented information source provided by a reputable author or organization?
Would this be a good source of information for my assignment?