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.
Contact the Librarian at your campus for more help!
University Park / World Campus:
(KMS454@psu.edu or 814-863-5521)
(DBS21@psu.edu or 610-396-6261)
(JLI4@psu.edu or 814-898-7278)
(BAL19@psu.edu or 717-948-6360)
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:
In the "Keyword" box, type in your topic, such as "language arts" or "science," and click on the blue "search" button.
After your results appear, look to the left side of the page, under "Refine search results."
Under "Format," choose "Instructional Material."
If applicable, use the "Campus," "Publication Year," and other facets to narrow your search. Your results list will update automatically.
Click on the blue "View Availability" button for more details about the book's location. Alternatively, click on the book's title to get more bibliographic details and location details.
Note the "Call number" and "Location" of each item you want.
To order an item from another location, click on the blue "I Want It" button.
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:
Education in Video is an online collection of streaming video developed specifically for training and developing teachers. It includes teaching demonstrations, lectures, documentaries, and primary-source footage of students and teachers in actual classrooms.