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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.

Contact the Librarian at your campus for more help!

Karla Schmit
University Park / World Campus:
Karla Schmit

( or 814-863-5521)
Brett Spencer
Brett Spencer

( or 610-396-6261)
Jane Ingold
Jane Ingold

( or 814-898-7278)
Bernadette Lear
Harrisburg / World Campus:
Bernadette Lear

( or 717-948-6360)

SS/WL Search Tips

Use each database's thesaurus or subject headings list to identify the best wording for your topic. For example, ERIC uses:

  • Civics, History, Geography, and other specific terms as well as Social Studies
  • Developing Nations (not "third world countries")
  • Second Language Learning (not "foreign language learning")

Need to find empirical articles? Below is a guide that tells you what they are and how to find them:

Using ProQuest Databases (including ERIC and Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts)

Using EBSCO databases (including America: History and Life)

Using Penn State and General Search Tools