Digital Histories Impact

Digital history has changed everyone’s way of life for researching.  In the past, retrieving sources for papers, books, or articles was extremely difficult and there were only a few places where one could look for sources.  Today, the researcher has an abundance of information at their fingertips.  The question is no longer where to find the information, but what information is legitimate.  Digital history has many pros and cons, but as long as the researcher has properly been trained in finding sources, the task of finding information can be simple.  In my freshman year of college I knew very little about sites like Ebsco, JSTOR, Google Scholar, and other educational databases.  Now I live on these sites to help build a background of information for a research paper.  Even sites like Wikipedia and blogs can be helpful starting points for research as long as the reader understands that the information could be bias or misguiding.  “Going Digital” by William Turkel showed a novice researcher how easy it is to find educational sources.  His pointers on creating a web history of factual sites makes researching much faster and accurate.  His steps take out the clutter that many researchers experience when first starting a research assignment.

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