By choosing from the Resource Types, Subjects, Libraries, Authors, Languages, Call Number Groups, Genres, publication and Dates of publication shown at the left of the screen.
When you have identified relevant maps, look at the subject headings assigned to them and click on those to identify additional maps described the same way.
Maps are useful for understanding a place in a particular time, within a particular cultural context. They are rich sources of rich information for many research projects.
Image Credit: [Map of the city of New York.] ([1850?]). New York Public Library. Stephen A. Schwarzman Building / The Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division. Catalog Call Number: Map Div. 89-5055 [Filed flat]. Image ID: 434106
Jenny Presnell's The Information Literate Historian (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007) provides an insightful overview of maps that covers their historical uses and includes tips for understanding the components of modern maps, reading and evaluating maps, finding maps to use in research, and more.
Use Presnell's book to learn about maps used for navigation and commercial use, as political tools, propaganda, territory markers, and how they are used in war.