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ERIC Number: EJ765191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Looking for Laura Secord on the Web: Using a Famous Figure from the War of 1812 as a Model for Evaluating Historical Web Sites
Tate, Marsha Ann
History Teacher, v38 n2 p225-240 Feb 2005
Laura Ingersoll Secord was, admittedly, a well-known historical figure--at least in Canada over a century before the development of the World Wide Web. In 1860, she first achieved widespread notoriety in her adopted homeland of Canada (she was born in Massachusetts) when a deed she performed for the British army during the War of 1812 was publicly recognized by the Prince of Wales. Over the years, Laura Secord's journey has inspired a myriad of books, plays, music, stamps, and more. However, despite the availability of an eclectic array of print and other materials related to Laura Secord, for many individuals the World Wide Web will serve as the principal, or in some cases, the only source of information about her exploits or even about other aspects of the War of 1812. Given this fact of modern life, this essay explores the cyberspace repository of information about Laura Secord in an attempt to answer the following questions: (1) How is Laura Secord's journey depicted on web pages/sites?; (2) How are the web-based depictions of Laura Secord similar/different from accounts found in print sources?; and (3) In what, if any, other aspects do the web-based resources related to Laura Secord differ from their print counterparts? Using the web research conducted on Laura Secord as a basis for discussion, the essay's final section addresses the major issues that should be taken into account when conducting web-based historical research. It should also be emphasized that although this essay focuses exclusively upon one single historical figure, the methods used to help determine the reliability of web-based resources devoted to Laura Secord are equally applicable to other historical web sites regardless of topic area. (Contains 1 figure and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada