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History - Getting Started

Digital Collections - What are you really seeing?

New digital collections are introduced online daily.  As a history student, you need to understand what you are seeing.  You may see:
- Archived digital versions of historical documents
- Digitized photographs or maps - how are these items curated? This will make a difference in determining the validity of the images.
- An anthology (or excerpts from a body of work) that may not be considered complete for a research project but may be appropriate for a course.
- Primary or secondary sources - it is critical to understand that determination of source type depends on CONTEXT.
- An aggregator - a website that gives lists of links to other historical websites or collections.
- Articles or images from open access sources.

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