Internet history research

ONE – A range of standard sources

Mitchell Library on-line catalogue –

Glasgow libraries online resources –

National Library of Scotland on-line catalogue –

National Records of Scotland on-line catalogue –

Scottish Archive Network –

National Register of Archives (Scotland) –

Registers of Scotland –

Historic Environment Scotland –

Scottish Life Archive –

Statistical Accounts of Scotland –

Scotland’s People –

Genuki Scotland –

Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society –

National Archives –

British Library –

Imperial War Museum –

Scran –

Glasgow Story –

Glasgow Digital Library –

Maps of Scotland –

Old Scottish job titles –

Value of money –

Palaeography –

Glasgow University Library subject guide –

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 –