The Web has become an unavoidable source of information and a favourite forum for debate. It is therefore necessary to verify if the most visited websites that deal with history are authoritative and reliable. Taking into consideration the protests of 1968 as a case study on the occasion of their fiftieth anniversary, this essay suggests some methodological instructions in order to investigate in a proper way what information and what prevailing views can Web users infer on this matter. Indeed, Web content can influence the shaping, the shifting or the validation of political opinion and historical judgments. The varied representation of the protests of 1968 turns out to be still affected by different ideological positions, while a synthetic and easily accessible discussion on the topic by professional historians is still missing on the Web. This essay invites scholars not only to make their research as much as possible accessible, but also visible on the Web by means of suitable targeted interventions also in the field of digital marketing.
Keywords: Web, Sessantotto, metodologia della ricerca storica, Public History, contenuti digitali, Search Engine Optimization.