North Hall Library


ED 3316 - Teaching Secondary Social Studies

Research Guides


National Council for the Social Studies
National curriculum standards for social studies
H 62.5 .U4 N354 2010

Children's & Young Adult Books

The Juvenile collection on 1 North includes materials for Preschool - High School.  Current, popular, YA novels are in a separate display in the atrium on 1st floor, but many more YA books are part of the Juvenile collection. 

To find young adult books on history or social studies, you could:

  1. Browse the juvenile collection in the C-J call numbers.
  2. Search the MU Library Catalog.  Enter keywords that may appear in the title, note, or subject heading field, (although fiction does not always have subject headings) and then use the facets on the left to limit to Library Location - First Floor North.
  3. Use a reference book or online database such as one of the following, to identify titles of books about a certain subject and then put those titles into the MU Library Catalog to see if MU has the book.
    • Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (online - link on the Education Research Guide)
    • Best books for middle school and junior high readers, grades 6-9 (Z 1037 .G482 2004) or Best books for high school readers : grades 9-12 (Z 1037 .G4816 2004)


Social Studies

  • Social Education (NCSS) (Online & paper H62 .A1.S6)
  • Social Studies (online with older copies in library)
  • History Teacher (online with older issues on microfilm D16.2.A2H5)
  • Journal of Geography (NCGE) (online with older issues in G72.J87)

You can find articles on specific topics in these journals by using the databases.  Simply put the name of the journal in the "Publication Name" box in Education Source or the "Journal Name" box  in ERIC and type your topic in the search box.

If you want to search in other journals as well, you might try using some of the database's subject headings to make your search as specific as possible.  Sample ERIC search:  Vietnam and (Class Activities or Learning Activities or Units of Study) and Social Studies and Secondary Education

APA Citation Style

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
Ask at the Information Desk, 2nd Floor North, for the complete guide in print.

Publishers' Websites

If you have money to purchase teaching materials, these are some good sites for social studies materials.

Curriculum Guides & Textbooks

K-12 Textbooks

Located on the right-side of 1st floor North. Browse call numbers D-J.

Curriculum Guides
Online guides from School Districts can be found on the Education Research Guide (link above)

Print guides are located behind the Textbooks on 1st floor North. Browse headings: History or Social Science.


  • Document-based activities on the Vietnam War: Using primary sources and the Internet - CURR Hist Gr. 9-12 Vargas Document
  • South Asia Curriculum: Teaching about India - CURR Soc Sci Gr. 10-12 Greenber South


Activity and Idea Books

MU Library Catalog
Use the MU Library Catalog to find books. Try the most specific heading first, then broaden if necessary.  Type YOUR TOPIC followed by one of the following helpful subheadings or keywords.

Helpful subheadings to know:
Study and teaching
Study and teaching (Secondary)

Helpful keyword to know:

Some examples of what you might find:

  • Favorite Lesson Plans: Powerful Standards-based Activities - H 62.5 .U5 F4 2000
  • Best Practices for Teaching Social Studies - LB 1584 .S693 2008
  • American History on File (2 vol) - E 178.1.4924 2002 - We also have World History on File (4 vol) and American Government on File
  • Big Ideas in Small Packages: Using Picture Books with Older Readers - Z 1037.A1.P39 2005
  • Beyond the Textbook: Using Trade Books and Databases to Teach Our Nation's History, Grades 7-12 - Ebook

You may also borrow books from other libraries.  Look for & request them in  E-ZBorrow.

Kits, Models, and other non-book teaching aids

The library has lots of cool teaching materials including artifacts, models, primary documents, pictures, and games.  They are located in the closed stacks.  Use the library catalog to find them, then ask someone at the Information Desk to retrieve them for you.

To find Kits (models, artifacts, etc.) use the Library Catalog.  Type in YOUR TOPIC, then use the facets on the left to limit to Library Location: Closed Stacks.

Another way to find the Kits is to type in YOUR TOPIC and "Teaching Materials" 

Here are a few examples of the kinds of things you might find:

  • Africa: A Culture Kit - Oversize Kit DT 3.A27 1993
  • Berlin Wall Portion - Kit DD 899.W25 B37 1990
  • Large King Tut Coffin with King - Kit DT 87.5 L37 2001
  • Jackdaw kits (packets of primary documents on a variety of topics - we have about 50) such as:
    • American Revolution: Women on All Fronts - Kit E 276 .D83 2002
    • Cuban Missile Crises - Kit E841 .C8 2004
    • Erie Canal - Kit F 127.E5 E7 2005
    • Middle East - Kit DS 61.8 M5 2001
    • Senator McCarthy's Witch-hunt - Kit E 743.5 .S4 2004

For educational videos,  type in YOUR TOPIC and limit to : Library Location - First Floor North-Media.  Examples:

  • United States History : Origins to 2000 - DVD E 178.5.U632 2003 - 26 vol. set correlates with textbook for grades 5-12
  • Day that Shook the World - DVD 421 .D397 2001 - 3 vol. set - news footage of historic events from 1901-1992 including the Wright Brothers, Crash of the Hindenburg, attack on Pearl Harber, John F. Kennedy inaugeration, the raising of the Berlin Wall in 1961 and tearing it down in 1989

For pictures, type in : YOUR TOPIC PICTURE.  Examples:

  • Arts of India - Study Picture N 7304.A67 1994
  • Slavery (American Experience) - Study Picture E 188 .S6 No. 6
  • Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki - Study Picture D 767.25 .H6 A86 2001