Website review: www.h net.org

www.h-net.org

SOCIAL SCIENCE PORTAL

This is the site of an international consortium of scholars and teachers. It is run by 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.

Among the site's most important activities is its sponsorship of over 100 free electronic, interactive newsletters edited by scholars from all over the world.

The lists reach over 100,000 subscribers in more than 90 countries. Subscriptions are screened by the list's editors to promote a diverse readership dedicated to friendly, productive and scholarly communications.

Each list publishes between 15 and 60 messages a week. Subscription applications are solicited from a diverse group including scholars, teachers, graduate students, journalists, librarians and archivists.

Each network is edited by a team of scholars, and has a board of editors; most are co-sponsored by a professional society. The editors control the flow of messages and commission reviews.

The reviews section, in fact, is amongst the most interesting part of the site. And it's virtues are not totally academic. The reviews have links to book vendors. So with just a click, a reader can go to the reviewed book's sale page.