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International Studies and History

Useful websites

BoB (Box of Broadcasts)

BoB is Learning on Screen’s on demand TV and radio service for education. 

Staff and students can record programmes from over 75 free-to-air channels; and search an archive of over 2.2 million broadcasts.

Watch, record, create clips, search for upcoming programmes by title or keyword, and compile favourite shows into playlists.

View our playlists containing selected programmes for your subject:

Can I use information from websites?

You may use information from websites to support your work but beware!  Anyone can write a web page. You must assess its quality and integrity.

What to look for when evaluating a website (a few examples):
  • Scope - What is the purpose of the site - education, advertising, entertainment? Is there any bias?
  • Depth - What is the level of detail provided about the subject? This may depend on the kind of audience for which the resource has been designed.
  • Content - Is the information fact or opinion? Does the site contain original information or simply links? Can the information be verified? Does it tell you the date it was last updated?
  • Links – Are links kept up to date and made to appropriate resources? The number of links still working may help indicate how well a site is maintained.
  • Authority - What is the authority, expertise or credentials of the author? Who is hosting the site? Check the web address for clues: e.g. indicates it is a UK university which is likely to make this a trustworthy site. Government sites can be recognised by .gov - once again a reliable source.