H-Net is an international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers dedicated to developing the enormous educational potential of the Internet and the World Wide Web. Our edited lists and web sites publish peer reviewed essays, multimedia materials, and discussion for colleagues and the interested public. The computing heart of H-Net resides at MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online, Michigan State University, but H-Net officers, editors and subscribers come from all over the globe.
H-Net is a kind of ‘web 1.5’ resource– halfway between the old static content of the 1990s and the social networking and participation sites common today. It’s has a very old school look and feel, but it is still a great place to do some reading to see what academia is up to in the humanities and social sciences.
“Among H-Net’s most important activities,” the What is H-Net page notes, “is its sponsorship of over 100 free electronic, interactive newsletters (“lists”) edited by scholars in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and the Pacific.” The site also includes a database of reviews, a job guide and an announcements page for “academic conferences, calls for papers, and programs… ”
I am particularly fond of the reviews, which are searchable, and provide a helpful way to find ideas and to start to dig through the vast mountain of scholarly books and articles published each year. You can find the most recent reviews and information on the home page or go here to the content search page. It’s not fancy, but it works.