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About this guide

This guide attempts to bring together print and online sources that will aid you in historical research. History allows us to question our understanding of why things are the way they are and the assumptions we make. Thus, history enables us to foster a long view of social, political, economic, cultural issues that we would no consider if we simply take for granted facts that are available to us on the Internet.

The value of Historical Inquriy

In 1949, George Orwell wrote, "Who controls the past controls the future' who controls the present controls the past" (Nigtheeen Eighty Four) and thrity-two years later,  Raymond Williams author of Keywords (1983) states, "history ...teaches or shows us most kinds of knowable past and almost every kind of imaginable future".  In Keywords, Williams looks at the etymology of words.  Through his study of the words, he shows us that  just as things come into and out of fashion, so do words and the meaning of these words change over time.

Featured Resource: DERA

The featured resource for this month is DERA which stands for Digital Education Resource Archive

DERA is a digital archive of all official/governent documents published electronically by the UK governrment and related bodies in the area of education. DERA is accessible from


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