Whether you’re a history buff or just looking for a few resources for an academic paper or school presentation, most of the library’s resources tackle history in some way or another. A library card gives you access to historical newspapers and specialty databases to cover historical topics you may have a special interest in.
If your student is researching Nikola Tesla you may look him up in a general collection such as Academic Search Premier or you may also find information on him in a resource on science such as Science Online. It can be helpful to get multiple perspectives before deciding on the best resources for your research, so feel free to look at both. It’s important, if you’re a parent helping your student, to consider your student’s level of research skill. Your student may find a resource like World Almanac for Kids easier to search than Academic Search Premier. If you find this article helpful, check out the other homework help posts available on the Dog-Eared Blog.
African-American History Online
This resource covers over 500 years of African-American history including biographies, primary sources, images, videos, timelines, maps and charts. This resource is great for history papers, school projects and even just exploring. The homepage contains featured sources such as famous speeches, significant Supreme Court cases, documents on segregation and integration and more. Students can also view videos and slideshows and find information on influential African-Americans.
American Indian History Online
This resource contains more than 15 thousand years of American Indian culture and history. This resource is set up much like African-American History Online and includes biographies, primary sources, images, videos, timelines, maps and charts. The homepage is easy to brose and includes topics like landmark legislation, important treaties and key court cases. Media such as videos and slideshows are also available on the homepage as well as information about influential American Indians. This resource is a valuable for research papers, presentations and exploring new concepts.
Archives of Sexuality and Gender
This resource includes information on a variety of topics within LGBTQ history including activism, cultural studies, psychology, health, political science, policy studies and other areas. If you are interested in just browsing you can click, “explore collections” at the top heft-hand side of the page and click on a topic that interests you. After you select a topic, you are taken to an overview pages where you can read an overview of what the collection contains and flip through documents in the collection at the bottom of the page. This is a good resource for papers and presentations on LGBTQ related topics.
Religion and Philosophy Collection
This is a great resource to learn more about just about any religious topic under the sun and includes access to magazine articles, academic journals, newspapers and book reviews. If your student is taking a religious studies course, in seminary, researching a religious figure or just interested in exploring new topics in religion – this is a great resource to start with.