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Introduction

The world wide web is now an established, if not always uncontested, part of the scholarly landscape. Electronic article databases, academic search engines, digital archives of digitized primary materials, online encyclopedias – it is no exaggeration to say that these and other tools are reshaping the possibility and scope of research, writing and pedagogy in the twenty-first century. Cheaper and faster to produce than their print counterparts, online scholarly resources are also now more ubiquitous. Within some fields, in fact, it is possible to conduct much of one’s research using the internet and nothing else – although access to many essential databases may come only by means of a subscription paid for by a library. The web ...

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