History Guide - further information

The History Guide contains metadata of so-called thematic websites. This means websites which provide open access to historically relevant materials: Texts, either source materials or publications, maps, images, audiovisual materials etc. Partially the catalogue makes also accessible single digital documents like electronic theses, digitized out-of-copyright books or websites of institutions of relevance for historians like archives, libraries, history departments etc..

A special emphasis is put on websites about Anglo-American history. Due to the cooperation with Clio-Online the catalogue also contains numerous records of websites concerning the history of Western and Central Europe mainly produced by the Bavarian State Library and further cooperation partners of Clio-Online (State Library of Berlin; Centre for Contemporary History; Library for History of Education).

Göttingen State and University Library runs the History Guide since 1997. The database is regulary maintained and, as mentioned above, includes records of other libraries and subject information providers. According to the swift development and increase of internet resources for historians the criteria for the selection of websites for the History Guide have gradually changed over time. While during the 1990ies websites of institutions, lists of internet resources and popular websites were still recorded, now this approach took a back seat.

For the history of the Anglo- American area the focus is meanwhile on websites providing access to real materials for teaching and research. Primarily websites of scholarly institutions like history departments, archives and libraries, historical societies etc. were recorded because they offer a certain guarantee for long-term accessibility. The validity of URLs of all records produced by Göttingen State and University Library are checked regularly. For all other records the respective producer of the record is responsible for the validity of the URL.