Archaeology: Websites

A guide to resources at Monash University Library for Archaeology and Ancient History

The Road to the Pyramids

 Charles Theodore Frere (1814-88) The Road to the Pyramids, oil on canvas (image courtesy of Bridgeman Education)

ASOR Cultural heritage initiatives

ASOR’s Cultural Heritage Initiatives is a cooperative agreement between ASOR and the U.S. Department of State that is designed to document, protect, and preserve the cultural heritage of war-torn Syria and northern Iraq.

ASOR’s Cultural Heritage Initiatives implements cultural property protection by:
     1. Documenting damage
     2. Promoting global awareness
     3. Planning emergency and post-war responses

Selected websites

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Evaluating web sources

In general the sources you find on your reading lists and through the University Library Catalogue have already been peer reviewed as sources appropriate for tertiary study and analysis. Unfortunately the same does not apply to sources you find on the internet. It is therefore necessary for you to do some critical analysis of the sites you browse before you decide that they are appropriate sources for your University writing tasks. You are looking for objectivity; credibility and accuracy.

Some suggested guidelines are listed as follows:

  1. Determine the type of information you are looking at. For example is it a journal article copied from a refereed journal?. A newspaper article from a known news agency?, a comment on a political party’s blog? An official government document?
  2. The domain name in the web address (URL) can be a useful clue. For example edu or ac refer to educational or academic domains; gov is for official government websites or int for international organisations; org is for non-profit organisations; com or co is for commercial organisations and net if for networked organisations. The country code can also help determine if the viewpoint is representing a particular political perspective.
  3. Consider scope and intended audience of the information; accuracy; credibility and authority. Are the sources cited? Can you identify an author or an organisation taking responsibility for the site? How often is the site updated? Has the author or organisation written other works that are listed in University library catalogues?

Evaluating websites

The Evaluating web pages link highlights some of the finer points of evaluating web pages as sources.


What's the problem with Google searches?

Google is what we all use for short cuts to information. At University the writing process is different so it is important to view Google searches more critically. There are some suggestions on this page.

Why it matters is because your writing will be assessed according to you abilities to demonstrate how informed you are on the topic. Have you read the major writers on the topic? are there important dissenting views?

Apart from synthesizing the arguments you must document the sources you have used. In general academic/ peer reviewed sources will be more highly regarded with your Lecturers and tutors.This is why we recommend searching the Library databases, however Google Scholar is also more tailored to academic research.

Compare your search topic in Google Scholar as well as the recommended Political databases and make up your own mind. Both approaches are acceptable.

Note that in politics there are also many valuable websites. In particular government and official organisations websites; online newspapers; political parties, research institutes, and think tanks.