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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Internet for History

by James Moore
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.25 stars
Content Quality: 4.25 stars
Effectiveness: 4.25 stars
Ease of Use: 4.25 starsstar
Reviewed: Mar 31, 2014 by History Editorial Board
Overview: This tutorial is designed to provide research resources for students and researchers for history, primarily British history.
Learning Goals: • Discover and evaluate history resources found on the web, and in academic journals, bibliographies, and proprietary databases.
Target Student Population: • Advanced high school history students, undergraduates, new librarians and archivists
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: computer skills
Type of Material: Tutorial and training material
Recommended Uses: • In class, homework, individual, team. Librarians could use the materials for case studies and hands on activities designed to explore the listed resources and databases.
Technical Requirements: Browser

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: • The wide range of sources is commendable and appropriate for students and lecturers of history. Good resources for librarians and archivists who need a refresher on British history resources and reference materials.
Concerns: • Some links are dead, some links and resources require subscriptions through institutions or by individuals. Some links take you to a site which doesn’t contain historical materials or requires extensive searching on the site to locate the primary resources. • All links open in the same browser window and tab. The links should open in a new tab to make it easy to follow the tutorial.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: The modules were well structured and well sequenced.
Concerns: • The tutorial is self-paced and quizzes students in the evaluation of research materials. However, it is easy to read through each section of “discover” and “judge” and not understand how to actually find and evaluate resources. The search examples are very simplistic.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: Easy to operate
Concerns: • Links should open in new tabs or pages. • There is little interactivity in this tutorial.