Internet history research

ONE – A range of standard sources

Mitchell Library on-line catalogue – libcat.csglasgow.org/web/arena

Glasgow libraries online resources – glasgowlife.org.uk

National Library of Scotland on-line catalogue – www.nls.uk

National Records of Scotland on-line catalogue – www.nrscotland.gov.uk

Scottish Archive Network – www.scan.org.uk

National Register of Archives (Scotland) – www.nrscotland.gov.uk

Registers of Scotland – www.ros.gov.uk

Historic Environment Scotland – historicenvironment.scot/

Scottish Life Archive – nms.ac.uk

Statistical Accounts of Scotland – edina.ac.uk/stat-acc-scot

Scotland’s People – www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk

Genuki Scotland – www.genuki.org.uk

Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society – www.gwsfhs.org.uk

National Archives – www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

British Library – www.bl.uk

Imperial War Museum – www.iwm.org.uk

Scran – www.scran.ac.uk

Glasgow Story – www.theglasgowstory.com

Glasgow Digital Library – gdl.cdlr.strath.ac.uk

Maps of Scotland – maps.nls.uk

Old Scottish job titles – scottish-ancestors.com/

Value of money – measuringworth.com

Palaeography – www.scottishhandwriting.com

Glasgow University Library subject guide – www.lib.gla.ac.uk

TWO – Using trusted internet sources

Start with an official site and fan out from there. Always interrogate your sources: Who wrote it, when, why and for whom? What assumptions lie beneath it? Is it biased? How might you cross-check? Every piece of data is a text, with a human author – so expect unstated beliefs and values. The same with photographs and “database” material, such as a census or voters’ roll.

THREE – Copyright

Just because something is posted on the internet, and can easily be copied and re-used, doesn’t mean it is not protected by the laws of copyright.

UK Intellectual Property Office – gov.uk