This BBC article on a search engine that’s being created for historians is very interesting. Even as the Net is now, my feeling is that historical research has experienced one of the most significant benefits. A search engine that links resources would be amazing.
As I read the article, I feared learning that the project would be limited to those in the academic communities, so I was delighted to read:
Once complete … the search system will make it much easier for anyone, be they academics, amateur genealogists or curious citizens, to get at all relevant sources.