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QUT C.R.A.A.P. Test for Evaluating Websites
Check the quality of your websites using these criteria (adapted from QUT Library):
Currency: Timeliness of the information
- When was the information published, posted or last updated?
- Is the information current for your topic and field of study? How recent does it have to be? Can older sources work just as well?
|Relevance: Importance of the information for your needs
- Is the information appropriate for a senior secondary course?
- Is this an adequately in-depth examination or a quick summary of the topic?
- Who's the intended audience? Is it the general public, a student, a researcher or industry?
- Is the level of information too basic or too advanced for your needs?
Authority: Source of the information
- Is the author/authoring body (individual person, or institution, or organisation) established and reputable?
- Are their qualifications, credentials, expertise, experience, educational background and previous work (if any) relevant and do they add credibility to the source?
- Has the piece been published by a well-known and respected publisher or organisation?
- Do references to other sources support the writing ie is a Bibliography or Reference List provided?
Accuracy: Reliability and correctness of the information
- Where does the information come from, and is it supported by evidence?
- Does it have a Reference List or Bibliography so you can easily find and verify the sources used?
- Are there any spelling, grammar, or other typographical errors?
Purpose: Reason the information exists
- What is the purpose of the information? Why was it written?
- Does the point of view appear objective, unbiased and impartial?
- Is the viewpoint of the author's affiliation/ sponsors reflected in the message or content?
- Does the author acknowledge alternative versions of the issues or facts?
Suggested websites with Primary Sources
The ENTIRE collection of resources provided by the BBC Library can now be searched on ONE single, powerful search platform, which retrieves print books, eBooks, database articles and websites. Click HERE for assistance.
Oliver Library Catalogue
Look here for books, eBooks, DVDs and websites.
Essay Writing Template
History Essay (From QUT Library)
In this type of essay, you are required to take a position on a topic, and present arguments which support your position.
- Background information on topic
- Statement of your position on the topic (hypothesis or thesis)
- Overview of arguments to be presented (structure)
- Body paragraphs
- paragraph 1
- Topic sentence outlining first argument
- Sentences giving explanations and providing evidence to support topic sentence
- Concluding sentence – link to next paragraph
- paragraph 2
- Topic sentence outlining second argument
- Sentences giving explanations and providing evidence to back topic sentence
- Concluding sentence – link to next paragraph
- Following body paragraphs
- These follow the same structure for as many arguments as you wish to put forward in support of the topic.
- Summary of the main points of the body
- Restatement of the hypothesis
PEEL Method for Writing Your Essay
MyBib Referencing Generator
MyBib is an online referencing generator to help you with in text references and your List of References.
Sign up for an account so that it will store the references for your assignment. Add it to your bookmark bar to find it quickly.
Install the Chrome extension to make your referencing even faster.
If you are off-campus, and are having difficulty logging in, please use the Database Passwords document previously emailed to you by your Head of Library.
Useful Ebooks from the Catalogue
We now have many ebooks on Nazi Germany. Specific ones include: The Treaty of Versailles, Auschwitz, The Dresden Bombing, Hitler Youth, Berlin Olympics, Josef Mengele, Operation Barbarossa and more.
To find them, go to the Oliver catalogue in the box on the left and type in your preferred search term. any ebooks will have the green 'ebook' icon attached to them.
The Treaty of Versailles
The five separate treaties produced by the Peace Conference, and particularly the most famous one, the Treaty of Versailles with Germany, have been widely criticized over the years, primarily because they led to the rise of Nazi Germany and the Second World War a generation later. Nonetheless, faced with the overwhelming task of bringing order to a world shattered by four years of bitter fighting, the Paris delegates were convinced that they had fashioned a just and lasting peace. In The Treaty of Versailles, read how world leaders struggled to deal with the aftermath of the War to End All Wars.
The books in this series also explore the wider history of the particular era of event with which each site is linked, be it World War II, the Cold War, the Holocaust, or the War on Terror. Auschwitz examines the history of the infamous Nazi death camp-how it came to be built and how it was used. The book places the story of Auschwitz in the wider context of the Holocaust, explaining the origins of Nazi policies towards the Jews and describing the ghettos, the mass shootings, and the network of death camps in occupied Poland. In conclusion, it shows how Auschwitz is remembered today. Book jacket.
Auschwitz: The Nazi Solution
The camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau were an important part of the Nazis' final solution to the Jewish question. Over one million people were murdered in its gas chambers and tens of thousands of prisoners were worked to death in the nearby sub-camps. This is the story of the development of Auschwitz into a concentration camp, and a thorough account of the building of Birkenau and the gas chambers, which grew into industrial killing machines. Rawson relates what life was like for prisoners, how prisoners struggled to survive on a poor diet and no health care; how they faced a grinding daily routine with frequent punishments; and how the camps were organized.
The SS grew out of Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler's obsession to prevent the treachery they believed to have caused the German defeat in the First World War. The SS was to be an elite corps of politically aware soldiers whose primary aim was to prevent the undermining of the Nazi Party by rendering its potential enemies harmless. This disturbing story reveals not only the inner workings of the SS, but its paramount role in the mass murder of Europe's Jews, homosexuals and gypsies, its organisation of the death squads and the military campaigns undertaken by the Waffen SS.
A Brief History of the Third Reich
Tells not just the account of the men who rose to the fore in the dangerous days of the Weimar republic, circling around the cult of personality generated by Adolf Hitler, but also an overview of how ordinary Germans became seduced by the dreams of a new world order, the Third Reich. The book also gives an insight into the everyday life in Germany during the Second World War and explores key questions such as how much did the Germans know about the Holocaust and why did the regime eventually fail so disastrously?