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HIST 2110 and ENGL 2130 Honors Cluster Research Guide Spring 2022: Assignment 1 - Critical Analysis: "Place"

What do we think about when we think about the physical landscape, history, and cultural or literary  connections of the “place(s)” where we actually live, work, and play?  [Better question: Do we even think about it at all!]

For this assignment, you are asked to stop, look around, and think about the historical and cultural significance of the place(s) where you live, work, and play. . . or places you simply drive by. [For example, did you know Lake Lanier, a major Atlanta area ‘playground,’ is named after Sidney Lanier, a 19th century Georgian musician, poet, teacher-- and former Confederate soldier? What is the history of Lake Lanier? How/why was it created in the mid-1950s? Why was the reservoir named after Sidney Lanier?].  The Atlanta metro area offers many opportunities to explore historical and literary and/or cultural connections through a critical analysis of “place”!

Below you'll find resources compiled by your librarian on where to start, as well as appropriate library books and online databases to use for your research.  If you need help, contact me for a research appointment!

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Atlanta Books at the Library

Conduct Atlanta and Georgia-Specific Research

A collection of historical databases and newspapers that focus on Atlanta and Georgia history.  Try typing in your name of your location (or the city it is located in) in the main search box and see what comes up.

Image: "View in Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta. 1880" NYPL

General Newspaper Research Databases

A collection of historical databases and newspapers.  Try typing in your name of your location (or the city it is located in) in the main search box and see what comes up.

Related Research Guides

The following are research guides developed by Georgia State University Librarians that have information on in-depth historical resources on Georgia history.