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The Internet permeates contemporary American life, creating enormous possibilities for innovative use in history classrooms and student projects. This concise guide focuses on practical ways that students and teachers can utilize the growing body of library and archival catalogs, primary sources, web sites, images, and sounds to complement and enhance traditional ways of learning, teaching, and researching the human past. Available either as a separate work or packaged with textbooks in United States, Western Civilization, World History, and upper division history courses, this guide will help students to learn how to use e-mail, surf the Internet for quality history sites, employ search engines effectively, create online student projects, and explore the emerging world of multimedia history. Helpful for instructors who wish to learn how to use scholarly networks, professional web sites, and evaluate reliable web resources to bring new dimensions to the craft of understanding the past. An extensive appendix provides links to the best history-related sites on the Internet by time period and subject as well as resources for scholars and samples of innovative CD-ROM projects in history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072514568
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Reagan is the author of American Journey: World War I and the Jazz Age (2000), a multimedia history of the United States from 1890 to 1929, Designing a New America: The Origins of New Deal Planning, 1890-1943 (2000) and co-editor of For the General Welfare: Essays in Honor of Robert H. Bremner (1989) and Voluntarism, Planning, and the State: The American Planning Experience, 1919-1946 (1988). He edits four web sites including theH-SHGAPE site for the H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences OnLine network, the Tennessee Tech History site, the AAUP site for Tennessee Tech, and a computer users’ group site. He has worked on the web site national committee for H-Net and with the New Media Classroom Institute sponsored by the American Social History Project and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1997, he was the first recipient of the Dean’s Award for Innovative Teaching at TTU for work with Internet web sites.
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Table of Contents

1 A Brief History of the Internet 1
What Is the Internet: When and How Did it Emerge? 1
From Text to Graphics: The Internet Goes Multimedia 3
Knowledge as Hypertext: Text, Images, and Sound 5
Connecting to the Net: Modems, T-1/T-3 lines, and ISDN, Cable Modem, and DSL 7
Summary of Internet History 9
2 Browser Basics for Surfing the Net 11
Using Your Browser: The Basics 11
Making the Browser a Practical Utility 17
Adding to the Power of Your Browser 18
3 Knowledge as Hypertext and Interactive Learning 20
The Web as Hypertext 20
The Web as an Interactive Learning Space 25
4 History and the World Wide Web 27
The Web as Historical Archives 27
Historical Inquiry on the Web 30
The Web and Historical Simulation 33
Multimedia Sources on the Internet 34
Historical Discussion and Collaboration on the Internet 36
5 E-Mail and Discussion Lists as Learning Tools 37
Electronic Mail 37
Electronic Discussions 39
H-NET: Humanities and Social Sciences Online 43
6 Search Engines and Evaluating Web Sites 48
Search Engines 48
Evaluating Web Sites 53
7 Student Papers - Putting History Online 58
Student Uses of the Net 58
This Day in History 58
Primary Text Sources 59
The Sounds of the Past 60
Visual Sources 61
Possibilities for Multimedia History 62
Constructing Web Sites 62
Creating Online History 65
8 Multimedia History: Sights, Sounds, and CD-ROMs 69
CD-ROMs and History 69
CD-ROMs for Text Storage and Retrieval 70
The American Civil War and CD-ROMs 71
History Textbooks and More on CD-ROM 74
Documents, Images, Sounds, and Interpretation 75
CD-ROMs as Multimedia History 76
9 Is Digital History More than the Sum of Its Parts 78
10 Professional Historians and the Internet 80
Journals, Manuscripts, and the Electronic Future 84
Appendix 86
Glossary 86
Internet Sites Mentioned in This Work 93
Internet Resources for Students and Teachers in History 101
History of Western Civilization Sites 105
International History Sites by Geographic Area 112
United States History 121
CD-ROM History Projects Mentioned in This Work 138
Further Readings on History and the Internet 140
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