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Instructional Resources Center (IRC) website with course guides supporting the Division of Teacher Education curriculum.

Course description

EDU 373 Teaching Social Studies. Social studies curriculum, teaching, and media for children ages four through eleven.

How to Find Social Studies Resources

How to search for books  & resources in the Education Library.

     See also Finding Books

  1.  Use Library of Congress subject headings (see examples below) to search electronic indexes and the online catalog.

  2. To search the online catalog for Teacher Education Library materials only, begin at library home .

  3. Choose Library: Teacher Education Library.

  4. Enter subject headings as below, and choose  subject:                Social Sciences Study and teaching Elementary 

  5. To broaden your search and find more items, change Subject  to  Words or phrase and enter any keywords, joined by the word “OR”.                                                                                You will retrieve items that are either about Mayas or Incas.   Mayas OR Incas

  6. To narrow your search, use the word “AND”. You will retrieve items that are only about animals living in Africa.   Africa AND animals

  7. To find  specific types of materials: At step 2) above, choose Power Search, click on Type: and select  Books or  Education Kits  or  Electronic Access Software  or  Sound  or  Video.


Sample subject headings

 Social Sciences – Study and teaching      (you can add subheadings Elementary or Secondary)

Geography study and teaching elementary

United States History Study and teaching elementary

Social Sciences and Activity programs

Use time periods (Colonial Period, Revolutionary Period, Civil War, World War I) or cities, regions, or countries (Egypt, Norway, and Paris)  as subjects.  The more specific the subjects and subheadings used, the more specific the results United States History Revolution, 1775-1783. 



Locating social studies resources

Item Type


Call number begins with


Book Stacks 

C 900s, C E, and C FIC

Kits, games, posters

Media Room

Media Soc

Textbooks, activity & method books

Book Stacks

Elementary 372.8     Secondary 900s


Reserve Room




 ALEX Alabama Learning Exchange, developed by the Alabama Department of Education. Social studies standards (2004) for Gr. K-12.

Standards for Social studies by the National Council for the Social Studies  

History standards by the National Center for History in the Schools  

National Council for Economic Education 

National Council for Geographic Education

National Geography Standards and the Five Themes

National Council for the Social Studies 


 Lesson Plans

 Most of the sites above have lesson planning materials. See also

 Library of Congress Learning Page 

U.S. Department of Education                                                                                                                                                                                                


Constitution Day

Constitution Day is September 17. These websites feature free educator resources, including lesson plans, primary sources, and interactive projects.

Articles in databases


  • Search a specific education database (ERIC and Proquest Education Journals) for the most precise search and the largest number of articles.
  • Find the best language for searching - use the Thesaurus in the databases.
  • Narrow by source type:scholarly journals or trade journals, full-text, date, or education level (early childhood, elementary, high school).

Digital Journals

Specific journal titles to search in the field of Social Studies.