Footnote is a unique place where original historical documents are combined with social networking to create an interesting experience involving the stories of the past. The collections feature documents relating to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, U.S. Presidents, historical newspapers and naturalization documents. is a great online repository for original documents by hosting millions of records and supports an online community of people that are passionate about a variety of topics relating to history. I think the service is particularly useful for teachers and students in social studies, history, U.S. government classes. Footnote allows students to access thousands of primary source documents and photos, and create online history reports. Students can post the URLs of their history reports online and allow others to leave comments on their reports. In addition, students can add annotations and comments to things they find on Footnote, create their own Story Pages and Spotlights, maintain a gallery of their favorite Footnote images, upload their own images to their gallery, as well as annotate and print any Free Titles or documents.



About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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3 Responses to Footnote

  1. Lou Ellen says:

    This site is so cool! My father is 84 years old and a retired Air Force fighter pilot. He was in WWII, Vietnam, and Korea. Recently, we have been going through all of his old pictures, papers, and things. This website is an incredible website for my family to navigate around. So many people located all over the world have connections or know pieces of history that would otherwise be undiscovered. You can upload certain artifacts or pieces of history, and anyone anywhere can comment or make observations of it. You can connect images or documents with other images or documents. People can make annotations. And, the basic membership is free! That is probably the best part of it all! The search engine is cool because you can look for names, places, dates, or topics. Researchers can use this as a great resource. More and more history buffs and professionals will begin to use this tool, therefore, making this perfect for historians to browse through. Families could benefit from this tool as well. Family histories can be explained and linked to make an easier explanation. Educators will come to love this tool. This is a site that students will not mind helping them with their homework. It makes it more interesting when people can relate on a personal level. Hearing and seeing stories from the past of certain events like World War II gives the student a greater sense of reality. Connecting to the past is important today when we tend to look towards the future everyday.

  2. shenettab says:

    Footnote is a great site, yield to people who are mainly interested in history and artifacts of the past. Wow! This is great. I have seen a lot of sites, but this is my first time ever seeing a site like this. Thanks Dr. Yuen, for sharing with us about Footnote.

    My father is a Vietnam War veteran and I decided to show him this site to see what he could find or would want to look up. On the front page, there is a link to Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial. I was so excited to see him excited. You can leave a tribute to those that were killed in the war or still living. You can write a story that can be personal or like my father is doing right now, writing about his experiences. You can even leave a photograph. He asked me to search the wall to see if I can search for any names that he remembered. It was amazing and also touching.

    It even had a tutorial on how to contribute to the Vietnam Wall. Although, he was a soldier in the army during Vietnam, there were no records on him. Most of what was found was during the Confederate days of Mississippi. Still, this is amazing and an intellectual piece of software that was created in good terms.

    It had old articles in newspaper dated back in the early 1820s, now this is excellence at its best. If anyone wants to contribute or send old stuff, it’s an easy process. You can get the original copies of anything.

    I am in a state of admiralty. Nothing could be better than to go back into the past and look up old material to see what happened. History will never change and to get a glimpse of it on the site is better. Now, the only catch is you have to pay, but for $7.95 a month, it is worth it.

  3. Farid says:

    Social networking is the grouping of individuals into specific groups, like small rural communities or a neighborhood subdivision… if you will. Although social networking is possible in person, especially in schools or in the workplace, it is most popular online. This is because unlike most high schools, colleges, or workplaces, the internet is filled with millions of individuals who are looking to meet other internet users and develop friendships and business relationships, too.

    When it comes to online social networking, websites are commonly used. These websites are known as social sites. Social networking websites function like an online community of internet users. Depending on the website in question, many of these online community members share a common interest such as hobbies, religion, or politics. Once you are granted access to a social networking website you can begin to socialize. This socialization may include reading the profile pages of other members and possibly even contacting them.

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