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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


First World War

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

3.5 stars
Content Quality: 3.5 stars
Effectiveness: 3 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Feb 22, 2003 by History Editorial Board
Overview: The Spartacus encylcopedia site for the First World War offers a gateway to
bibliographies, images and explanatory links including military and political
figures, military forces, battles, United States Troops, Events and Issues, war
journalists, war artists, antiwar movements, and women and war.
Learning Goals: There are no specific learning goals offered for the site.
However, the site can be used to offer students information on the causes of the
First World War, many figures and battles, and the effects and consequences of
the conflict.
Target Student Population: Junior and Senior High.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: To be able to read and click.
Type of Material: Reference material.
Recommended Uses: To provide additional information for a Western Civilization or United States
History class.
Technical Requirements: None.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3.5 stars
Strengths: This is a standard encyclopedia's account of World War I. It does not tell the
sources used or their authors. The material provided is accurate and reflects
recent scholarship. The site is comprehensive in its treatment of World War I:
causes, effects, political and cultural impact. The photographs are excellent.
Concerns: Maps are sometimes blurred and dificult to read.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: The World War I materials are organized and linked to provide a cohorent look at
one of many subjects available and presented as an on-line reference for
teachers. The material and its editors are in the United Kingdom. The site
includes an on-line weekly history journal for high school teachers and an
aggregation of websites of interest to history teachers.
Concerns: Educators should encourage students to consider primary and secondary sources
for more indepth information and as better resources on a topic. However, this
site is a starting point.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: Easy to navigate and understand. Historical items were clearly written and
generally complete.
Concerns: The appearance of the beginning page, though standard, was too cluttered with
commerical material, some of it flashing or scrolling, about books, teaching
jobs, and on-line reference and book sellers.

Other Issues and Comments: None.