NMHS Virtual Seminar: Exploring Online Research Tools for Ship and Maritime History with Peter McCracken
Exploring Online Research Tools for Ship and
with Peter McCracken
Saturday, 27 January 2024
Zoom Lecture at 11:00 AM EST, Q&A to Follow
Seminars are free to attend, although we hope you will support the
Series with a suggested $10 Seminar Guest donation.
Join us on Saturday, 27 January at 11 AM EST for the NMHS Zoom Seminar Series featuring Peter McCracken, author of the “Maritime History on the Internet” column in Sea History.
The age of the internet puts so much information at our disposal, but if you don’t quite know where to look or which tools to use, it can still be hard to find the answers you need. Ships like Titanic, Constitution, United States, and Monitor are well-covered in online articles, blogs, books and other sources, but where can you go to find the answers to questions about the thousands of other vessels—cargo ships, warships, science vessels, passenger ships, ferries and more? It can be a daunting task. In this seminar, Peter will guide you through the effective navigation of his site, ShipIndex.org, and discuss other digital resources and techniques for exploring maritime history. He will demonstrate how you can access resources from large libraries, even if you are miles away or unaffiliated. This seminar is perfect for anyone looking to harness the full potential of the internet for maritime research, from historians and researchers to enthusiasts and students.
About the Speaker
By day, Peter is an electronic resources librarian at Cornell University and has also worked at East Carolina University and the University of Washington, as well as at Maine Maritime Museum and Mystic Seaport. Peter earned Master’s degrees in both Library Science and Maritime History and uses these skills to run ShipIndex.org, a website that helps people search for information about ships.