History and the Internet

In this section of Presnell’s guide, Presnell offers suggestions for researching by using the internet.  While Presnell offers many reasons for how the internet can be a helpful research tool, she also cautions her readers by sharing that the internet has many fewer review processes than print resources–which may mean that some resources have less authority or reliability on a certain subject.  Presnell explains that researchers should use valuable websites and search engines or databases that offer sources to “serious history.”  She also mentions that researchers should be extremely specific when searching–and that they may need to use different kinds of search engines to find the right results (especially when looking for primary sources).  While Presnell cites how one must be careful of how and when they choose to use the internet for their research, she does share the benefits that the internet can provide, such as wide access, and free publications.

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