North Hall Library


ELE 3386 - Teaching Elementary Social Studies



Favorite lesson plans: powerful standards-based activities
H62.5 .U5 F4 2000

National Council for the Social Studies
Expectations of excellence: curriculum standards for social studies
LB1584 .E863 1994

Ways that work : putting social studies standards into practice
LB1584 .L545 1997

Books & Audiovisual Materials

MU Library Catalog
Use the MU Library Catalog to find books, videos, kits, models, puppets, pictures, games, etc. in our Library. Try the most specific heading first, then broaden if necessary:

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

Helpful keywords:


Type in YOUR TOPIC and "Teaching Materials"  or type in YOUR TOPIC and then look at facets on the left and limit by Library Location: Closed Stacks.  


Fiction, including children's fiction, does not usually carry subject headings. To find a children's story book then, you could either:

  1. Enter the keywords you hope will appear in the title, author, or note field in the MU Library Catalog.  Then use the facets on the left to limit to Library Location: First Floor North. 
  2. Use a reference book, 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.
    • A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Picture Books (Ref Z 1037 .L715 2010)
    • Best Books for Children (Ref Z 1037 .G48 2002)
    • Books Kids Will Sit Still For (Z 1037 .F847 1990) & More Books Kids Will Sit Still For (Z 1037 .F848 1995)
    • Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (online)

To look for books that are not owned by the North Hall Library, go to E-ZBorrow.

Periodical Indexes and Databases

General Locations

Some helpful Library of Congress call numbers to know:

  • C - History (general)
  • D - World History
  • E - US History
  • F - Local US History (F145 -160 is PA History)
  • G - Geography, Anthropology, Recreation
  • H - Social Sciences
  • J - Political Science
  • K - Law
  • PZ 7 - Juvenile fiction

Encyclopedias are a great source for overviews and background information on a variety of topics. They can be found in the reference room under AE call numbers or on our online encyclopedia page.

K-12 Social Studies Textbooks (located on the right-side of 1st Floor North)
Browse the Textbook section by call numbers D-J

Curriculum Guides  
Some school districts have their curriculum guides available onlinePrint guides are located behind the Textbooks on the 1st floor North. Browse under these headings: History, Social Science, Consumer Ed., Economics, Multicultural.



Social Studies

  • Social Studies & the Young Learner (NCSS) (LB 1584 .S6365)
  • The Social Studies (online with older copies in the library under D16.3.A1.S65)
  • Mailbox - Primary Ed. (LB1501.M34), Intermediate Ed. (LB 1501.M35), Kindergarten-Gr. 1 yearbook (LB 1169.M266) - Magazine of ideas & activities for teachers.  Located in the bookstacks.

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

APA Citation Style

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