Start your report with the History Study Center

Start your report with the History Study Center

Blog post by Amy Mullin
Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Old Portuguese MapDo you have a social studies or history project coming up, but you don't even know where to start? Head to the Austin Public Library's Databases page, where there's an entire History and Government section to start with. The 20+ choices listed can be overwhelming, so I'll introduce you to one that should be helpful.

Whether you're still looking for a topic or know exactly what you want to report on, start with the History Study Center. It includes historical documents, maps and references, multimedia, and journals. The key events timeline is a neat tool where you can see political, military, and social events from around the world, and how they overlap. The History Study Center has Topic Overviews to help get you started on your research, and even has added a section on World Conflicts today, to focus your current events reports. You can also check out short demos to get acquainted with the site.

History Study Center logoTo expand on your research, check out some other sources in the History and Government section; enter your topic in FindIt Plus, the research catalog that allows you to search across several databases; or go straight to the expertise with our Ask A Librarian options. With so much information available to you, you'll find that the reports almost write themselves!

Image of old Portuguese Map (1573), showing travel routes of Vasco de Gama and Magellan, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.