Historic Website Critique

Topics: United States, American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln Pages: 2 (415 words) Published: March 28, 2013
Katesha Smith
January 26, 2013
United States History, Section 1
Rhonda Jones

Database Critique
As I entered into the James E. Shepard Library Website to search for “History & Genealogy” sites to conduct a research on database critiquing of “Slavery and American History”, the first thing that caught my eye was “North America Women’s Letters and Diaries”. This site offered letters from exactly 1,325 women of all ethnicity groups explaining their bibliographies and experiences they had living in the colonial times of the 1950’s. This site could be useful for my topic because it gives accurate information of many women who been through the colonial times and got a chance to write their experiences down on paper, which later got published. I was intrigued by the information so I went into more depth than just clicking on the site to observe that I actually started to read some of the diaries and letters. The second site I found was the “Salem History”. This site included a drop-box so that you could search for what you wanted to. If you was unsure of what to search for (like myself), there was reference sets available. The reference sets offered were: Decades, Great Events from History, and Great Lives from History. The reference sets were helpful, yet time consuming. They were time consuming because you had to search through many pages ranging from 1-17 to find what you were looking for in that exact reference set. This site was not helpful to me because it didn’t provide me the necessary information to conduct my research on without browsing through many pages. Being that I was interested in Slavery, all the information I seen didn’t tie to my interest. The last site I found was “America: History and Life.” It was an index of literature that covered history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. The site allowed me to search for whatever I wanted to and many options were displayed. Being I was interested in American...
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