Frequently asked questions




Alpha History often receives questions and inquiries from our visitors. This page addresses some of the most frequently asked questions. If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact us.

Is your website reliable and credible?

As much as any online secondary source can be. Alpha History authors are all degree-qualified teachers, academics and writers. All have professional or specialist experience in history, history education or historical research. Our articles are written from scratch, using verified primary sources and authoritative secondary texts. We do not use Wikipedia or other open source content as a basis for our articles. Every Alpha History article is proofed, reviewed and edited before it appears on our website.

Why does your website have ads?

Our website is a free online resource. We pay qualified and experienced people to write high-quality content, locate useful sources and create online activities. Advertising helps us to cover costs, create new resources and keep our website free for people like you. Alpha History adheres to responsible advertising practices, placing strict limits on the size, type and quantity of advertising on each page. Advertising does not determine or influence our content in any way.

Why do you prohibit the use of adblockers?

For the reasons explained above. Our website provides content and resources that cost money to produce and deliver, and advertising helps us to achieve this. For this reason Alpha History prohibits the use of adblockers in our Terms of Use. If you visit our website with adblocking or script-blocking software active, your access may be blocked. For full access to our website, you should disable your adblocker or whitelist our top level domain, alphahistory.com, in your adblocking software. If you do not wish to view advertising then you should not use our website.

I think I found a mistake on your website

Then please let us know. We’re only human and minor errors like typos and incorrect dates do occasionally slip through. As our website grows, we rely on our users to point out possible errors. Once we hear from you we will check it out and, if necessary, make the appropriate correction. Information about broken links is also appreciated.

Your online activities are not working

Alpha History’s website contains a number of online activities, such as crosswords and multiple choice quizzes, to test and revise your understanding. All of these activities require a Javascript-enabled browser. If you cannot view, load or complete these activities, chances are that Javascript is disabled in your browser. Software that disables advertisements or scripts may also prevent you from using our online activities. If you experience persistent problems, contact your network manager or technician for advice.

There are words spelt incorrectly on your website

We’re generally pretty good at picking up any spelling or grammatical errors before publication. If you happen to spot one, please let us know. Because Alpha History is based in Australia our website uses British English, so speakers of American English may notice some variation from their native spelling (for example, “colour” instead of “color” and “realise” instead of “realize”).

The information or arguments on a particular page or topic are biased

We are often contacted by readers who take issue with explanations or perspectives in our content. This usually occurs with politically divisive or contentious topics, such as Nazism or communism. Alpha History authors strive to provide topic summaries that are neutral, objective and supported by evidence. Our topic pages provide a brief introduction to the topic. They do not include all arguments, viewpoints or theories. We leave it to readers to undertake further reading and research, and to make up their own minds about deeper issues and competing perspectives. Alpha History and its authors welcome feedback and criticism about our content but we will not engage in political or historiographical debate, nor will we change our content unless there are clear factual errors.

What sources were used to write a particular page? Can you send them to me?

When our authors submit an article for publication they provide a list of primary and secondary sources. To prevent lazy study habits, such as plagiarism or ‘source-mining’, we do not make this material publicly available, nor do we provide students with bibliographies or reference lists. If you have a query about a specific detail on the Alpha History site, such as a particular fact or quotation, please make contact and we may provide a reference.

Can I cite or use your content in my essay, term paper or research project?

Of course, that’s why we created Alpha History. Just follow the correct procedure for using and acknowledging secondary sources. If you quote, paraphrase or use information from our website then you should include a citation or reference. You should not plagiarise our content (copy-and-paste it and claim it as your own work). Information on referencing can be found here. Most topic pages list the authors and a suggested citation at the foot of the page.

Can you help me with my homework/essay/term paper?

Alpha History is an online resource, not a homework or tutoring service. We may respond to queries about the website and its content but we cannot assist students with questions or homework. There are several history forums and question-and-answer websites on the Internet that may useful in this regard. Messages seeking this kind of help will be disregarded.

Can teachers use content from your website in their handouts?

We are happy for teachers to use our content in print form, such as for class handouts, on an occasional basis. If you intend to do this repeatedly or extensively, such as printing off numerous topic pages for a packet or handbook, please make contact and consider making a small donation. Any packet, handout or school-produced resource that uses our content should clearly acknowledge Alpha History as the creator and copyright holder.

Can I use copy and republish content from your site on my own website, blog or learning wiki?

Please refer to our terms of use. You should not republish any Alpha History content without our express permission. This includes blogs, teacher-operated websites, LMS pages, educational wikis and school or government resources. Brief excerpts of up to 150 words may be used, provided they contain a link back to the relevant page. Please make contact with us if you have any queries about reproducing or republishing content.

Can I use an image from your website?

This depends on the image and the purpose for which you intend to use it. The majority of images hosted on our website are in the public domain, which means they can be freely used. Others are published under fair use provisions and a small number appear with the permission of the rights holder. Images can generally be used in school projects and presentations under fair use provisions. If in doubt, make contact and we will help where we can.

Can I write for Alpha History?

Alpha History welcomes inquiries from people interested in contributing as an author or reviewer. Authors should possess a history degree or a background in history or history education, as well as competent writing skills. Contact us with information about yourself, your areas of interest or expertise and a sample of your writing.

Can I suggest a page, resource or idea for Alpha History?

By all means. We like receiving ideas and suggestions from teachers and students. Several topic pages and primary sources on the Alpha History site have been added at the suggestion of readers. Just contact us with your suggestion and we will consider it.

Can I link to the Alpha History site? Will you link to mine?

We encourage users to link to our website. Alpha History has a policy of not publishing links to other sites – but if you have or know of a great history website, we may post a link on our Facebook or Twitter accounts.

How can I support Alpha History?

Please visit this page and check out the various ways you can support us. If you’ve found our website useful and would like to leave some feedback, you may like to visit our Facebook page and leave a comment.

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