The Best of History Web Sites

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Daccord, Thomas. The Best of History Web Sites. New York, NY: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2007. 465 pp. 89.95 USD. ISBN-10: 1-55570-611-8; ISBN-13: 978-1-55570- 611-1. ∞

Five years ago I selected the Best of History Web Sites http://www.besthistorysites.net as one of the top portals for locating History information on the Web. This awardwinning site now has a print counter-part.

The book, like the Web site, identifies and provides annotations for over 1,000 quality History Web sites, including primary resources, maps and atlases, multimedia presentations, and lesson plans and activities. The author, Thomas Daccord, is "an experienced international history teacher...who has been featured in the Boston Globe for his contributions to teaching with technology...and has given many presentations on educational technology topics..." (x)

One might ask what this book offers which is not found on the Web site. Most useful are the suggestions of appropriate grade levels, from LS (Lower School, i.e., K-4) to College (undergraduate college or university courses), as well as the categorization by Resource Types (such as General Reference, Image Collections, Lesson or Activity, and Primary Source Collections). Also adding value to the book are two introductory chapters on "locating and evaluating history [W]eb sites" and "integrating history [W]eb sites in the classroom." The eight chapters which follow cover the periods from prehistory and ancient history through the twentieth century. The final two chapters explore art history and oral history resources, as well as information on maps and geography, research, and the best general history sites and lesson plans. Browsing through the book is a delight.

Many of the sites recommended are created by revered educational and cultural institutions such as the Library of Congress, the Public Broadcasting Service, and the British Broadcasting Corporation. Although the author states that the book "reflects an international perspective" (xii), the amount of Canadian content is rather disappointing. Keeping this in mind, you may wish to supplement the book with a portal such as Canadian History on the Web http://info. …