Researching history or anything else has never been easier. For reasons that need no explaining here
, the best place to start is government and other official sites. It is possible to donate documents to government archives, university archives, and libraries. And people often do
. Countless videos of scholarly interest are added to YouTube and similar sites every day. If you have a scanner, you can add books, magazines and other publications to the Internet Archive — but read its terms and conditions
, if you feel you have nothing original to contribute, or for whatever reason you don't want to mess about with scanners and uploaders, you can simply tag or edit documents on-line.
The central repository for government records in the UK can be found at Kew, the Public Record Office, or the National Archives as we are now to call it, has been digitising records on a massive scale, but whether or not a record has been digitised, you can now add your own tags using this page
. In order to tag records you must open an account if you don't have one already, then sign in. Adding tags will assist other people when they research on-line.
The Nation Library of Australia has a massive database of digitised newspapers and other material called Trove
. The text of these documents is also converted into the regular HTML text you see on your screen, but because of the poor quality of some of the originals and the usual conversion problems, such text does not always convert true.
As with the UK's national archive, you can sign up with Trove
and contribute by editing text yourself. You can also add tags and contribute in other ways. Don't just read history, help present it.