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Recommended websites

National Library of Australia

The National Library of Australia has produced a useful guide to selected Australian History websites.

National Archives UK  

The National Archives of the United Kingdom includes UK government records and information and includes assistance to researchers in the Academic Research guide.

Academic Info

Academic Info - History Gateway
Academic Info is an American non-profit organisation which aims to provide a gateway of quality high school, college and research level Internet resources. The resources can be searched by keywords or browsed.


WWW-Virtual Library-History
Alphabetical list of history resources and resources organized by era.

Video: Evaluating Information Resources

Evaluating the credibility of the information you find is a key digital literacy skill. Watch this video (02:16) for some tips you can apply to evaluate information sources.

When was the information published or posted?


  • How current is the information?

  • Do you need current information, older sources or both?

  • When was the resource last updated?

  • If there are references and links, how current are they

Does it relate to my topic and needs?


  • Who is the intended audience?

  • Does it help me answer a question or solve a problem?

  • Will it lead to other information?

  • Does it provide evidence for or support my ideas?

  • What does it add to my work?

Who is the source of the information?


  • Who is the author, publisher, source or sponsor of the information?

  • Are the authors' and/or publishers' affiliations clear?

  • What is their reason for publishing the material?

  • For websites, does the domain of the URL tell you anything about the author or source (.gov, .edu, .com, .org)

Is the information true and accurate?


  • Where does the information come from?

  • Is the information supported by evidence?

  • Can that evidence be verified if necessary?

  • Are there spelling, grammar or other errors?

  • Has the information been reviewed or refereed?

Why does the information exist?


  • What is the purpose of the information?

  • Is the information factual or opinion?

  • Is the information biased?

  • Is the information to inform, teach, sell, entertain or persuade?

  • Is the website sponsored or influenced by advertising revenue?