For non-Sheffield users
Welcome to the American History Research Wiki
This Wiki has been set up by American Historians at the University of Sheffield to gather links to and reviews of the ever-growing number of websites providing access to primary sources in American History. We envisage this as a site in which our students and others can explore and critique the newspapers, letters, cartoons, videos, broadsides, books, diaries, and innumerable other artefacts now available in the public domain. As we are a U.K. university far removed from major U.S. research libraries these resources enable our students to undertake research projects and work with primary documents that otherwise would be inaccessible to them. As of the Fall of 2010 we have links to about 500 pages, directing users to major web resources (e.g. presidential libraries and electronic archives), collections of sources on a particular topic (e.g. travel writing on the Civil War era South), and individual sources (e.g. the Gettysburg Address). Each of our links has an individual page on the Wiki in which users are invited to describe and critically assess the resource.
While the focus of the Wiki is currently on the Sheffield curriculum we are keen to encourage users from outside the university to use the site as a learning resource, and we would be delighted to see both students and faculty to create their own pages (including module pages), add to existing ones, and use the website in their research and teaching. We would simply ask that you register for the site, abide by our guidelines, and within reason stick to the taxonomy for categorising pages devised by the students who helped design the Wiki.
Please remember that like all wikis this is a user-edited resource and is therefore not subject to the critical process of peer review that academic publications go through. Unless your teacher has specified otherwise, you should therefore not assume the information here is reliable, and should endeavour to back up facts or ideas you encounter here in reputable academic sources.
If you have any feedback, suggestions, or questions, please contact Andrew Heath.