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Social Studies and World Languages Education

Links to databases and resources for social studies and world language education, with a focus on PreK-12. Also helpful for elementary and secondary teachers of civics, economics, "foreign" languages, history, geography, and related topics.

Finding Children's Literature at Penn State

Many Penn State libraries have children's and young adult literature, sometimes called "Juvenile Literature." Age/grade levels, genres, and other focuses of these collections vary depending on each campus's needs. 

To search children's/YA materials at Penn State libraries:

  • Use the CAT, Penn State's online catalog
  • On the right side of the page, click on "Advanced Search"
  • Under "Keywords Anywhere," type in your topic, such as "cows" or "rockets" 
  • If you only want to search the closest Penn State library, under "In Library," choose your nearest campus (such as "University Park Libraries" or "Penn State Harrisburg")
  • Under "Material Type," choose "Book, Juvenile"
  • If you want recent items, under "Publication Date" type in a range of years (such as 2010-2020)
  • Click on the blue "Search" button
  • Note the "Call number" and "Location" of each item you want
  • To order an item from another location, click on "I WANT IT"

Juvenile materials are organized by varying methods depending on the location. Before visiting, contact the owning library to learn about opening hours, borrowing rules, etc. 

Finding Instructional Materials at Penn State

Several Penn State libraries have collections of PreK-12 instructional materials, including curriculum standards, school textbooks, activity guides, educational games, manipulatives, and more. 

To search instructional materials at Penn State libraries:

  • Use the CAT, Penn State's online catalog
  • On the right side of the page, click on "Advanced Search"
  • Under "Keywords Anywhere," type in your topic, such as "mathematics" or "reading" 
  • If you only want to search the closest Penn State library, under "In Library," choose your nearest campus (such as "University Park Libraries" or "Penn State Harrisburg")
  • Under "Material Type," choose "Instructional Material"
  • If you want recent items, under "Publication Date" type in a range of years (such as 2010-2020).
  • Click on the blue "Search" button
  • Note the "Call number" and "Location" of each item you want
  • To order an item from another location, click on "I WANT IT"

Instructional materials are cataloged, organized, and loaned by varying methods depending on the location. Before visiting, contact the owning library to learn about opening hours, borrowing rules, etc. 

Finding Materials in Languages Other Than English

Among Penn State campuses, University Park has the largest collection of children's books in languages other than English. 

To search for children's/YA materials in Chinese, French, Spanish, and other world languages:

  • Use the CAT, Penn State's online catalog
  • On the right side of the page, click on "Advanced Search"
  • If you only want to search the closest Penn State library, under "In Library," choose your nearest campus (such as "University Park Libraries" or "Penn State Harrisburg")
  • Under "Language," choose the language that interests you (such as "Chinese," "French," or "Spanish")
  • Under "Material Type," choose either "Book, Juvenile" or "Instructional Material"
  • If you want recent items, under "Publication Date" type in a range of years (such as 2010-2020)
  • Click on the blue "Search" button
  • Note the "Call number" and "Location" of each item you want
  • To order an item from another location, click on "I WANT IT"

The Education and Behavioral Sciences Library at University shelves non-English books under the following call number ranges: 

  • PZ10.72-78 Arabic
  • PZ10.82-88 Chinese
  • PZ21-28 French
  • PZ31-38 German
  • PZ41-48 Italian
  • PZ49.2-49.22 Japanese
  • PZ50.52-58 Korean
  • PZ51-54.3 Danish/Norwegian
  • PZ61-68 Russian
  • PZ71-78 Spanish
  • PZ81-88 Portuguese

Instructional Materials Collections

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