Looking for Primary Source Collections!

As a student of history, I understand the need to access primary source collections, but I also know that sometimes these are hard to find. Therefore, I would like to ask you, my friends and faithful readers, for your input. Are there any primary resource databases or collections that you regularly use in your research?

Final Paper, Final Thoughts

I’ve reached the end of the spring semester of my first year of graduate school. And what a trip! Over the past couple of months, I have been formulating thoughts on my final paper for digital history. Which issue in digital history interested me enough to devote a final essay? Interestingly (or, perhaps, not interestingly),

Neolithic Britain’s Most Beautiful Secret

(Editor’s note: This is a post by my friend Hannah, author of this post.) The stone circle at Castlerigg, in the Lake District of North-West England, is one of the most stunning of the stone circles that are spread across the British Isles and Brittany. Stone circles were originally raised as part of the megalithic

When Twitter+History=Awesome: #AskHenryVIII

I have been on Twitter (@a_williams06 and @MyLifeIsHistory) for over four years now, and I find it awesome. I use my personal account to keep tabs on friends, institutions, favorite artists and celebrities, causes I care about, etc. My “professional” account (the one I use for this blog) is used for following Twitter accounts that

Editing Wikipedia: Not as Easy as One May Think

As a spring break assignment in my digital history class, I was tasked with editing a Wikipedia entry and tracking, if any, changes that others made to my edits. What I discovered was that it was probably harder for me to determine what to change than for anyone to edit it.

“Pursue Your Passion, Make a Good Living, Change the World”

A few weeks ago, I discovered that Bill Nye, the famous scientist, comedian, and television host, was speaking at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as part of their Geek Week and part of The Distinguished Lecture Series. Being that I grew up as part of the generation which watched his show Bill Nye the Science Guy,

This Week in History: The Sinking of the Hunley

150 years ago, America was embroiled in one of the bloodiest wars ever fought on native soil: the American Civil War. 150 years ago, the North fought the South, brother fought brother, nation fought nation. 150 years ago, when the naval blockade of Southern ports threatened to choke the Confederacy, a little submarine defeated a

#HistoryWithAHashtag

#Hashtags. We all know about those. Those obnoxious tic-tac-toe (or, rather, pound) symbols that us 90s kids remember as being the symbol for number. Heck, I still use it in place of the word “number”! So, what is it with the recent increase in using hashtags? According to Gigaom, now Google employee Chris Messina “invented”

The Holing Game: The Curious Case of Hole v. White

(Editor’s note: This submission is from an English friend of mine, Hannah. I met Hannah when I studied in England in 2010, and she became one of my closest friends (especially because we were in the Lancaster University History Society together, and, well, that is awesome!) In early modern England slander and libel were a

A Castle A Week: Tintagel Castle

Everyone knows the legend of King Arthur, the British king born in the middle of a storm, with cracking lightning streaking across the angry skies and rumbling thunder booming ominously in the distance. He was born with a crown in one hand and a sceptre in the other, the true medieval king. Actually, that is a