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:
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:
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.