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Education: Cultural and Political Geography (EDUC205)

A guide to research and resources in the field of education

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Juvenile Non-Fiction

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Juvenile Fiction

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Library of Congress Subject Headings

Library of Congress Subject Headings are the official subject terms prescribed by the Library of Congress for the cataloging of books and are in use in essentially all academic libraries. You can search through all Library of Congress Subject Headings in pdf files or search the LC Authorities site.

When searching in the library catalogs, use the item’s subject headings (found on the item record page) to locate similar resources.

To find works pertaining to this topic, it may be useful to use some of the subject terms listed below when searching the online catalogs, like Primo.


Murray Library provides access to the following recommended journals. Use the links or search Primo for particular articles.  It is recommended to browse articles for ideas.

Social Education

A peer-reviewed journal with a balance of theoretical content and practical teaching ideas. The award-winning resources include techniques for using materials in the classroom, information on the latest instructional technology, reviews of educational media, research on significant social studies-related topics, and lesson plans that can be applied to various disciplines. Published by: National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).

Journal of Social Studies Research

A peer-reviewed journal designed to foster the dissemination of ideas and research findings related to the social studies. Published by: The International Society for the Social Studies (ISSS).

Social Studies

A peer-reviewed journal with articles of interest to educators at all levels. Suitable topics include those concerned with the social studies, the social sciences, history, and interdisciplinary studies.

The History Teacher

A peer-reviewed journal with inspirational scholarship on traditional and unconventional techniques in history education.


Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2015-Present

Honoring exceptional books for use in social studies classrooms

Sponsored by National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

Carter G. Woodson Book Award, 1974-Present

Honoring sensitive and accurate depictions of ethnicity and race relations in the United States

Sponsored by National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

Septima Clark Book Award, 2019-Present

Honoring the most distinguished books appropriate for young readers that depict women's issues globally

Sponsored by National Council for the Social Studies

YALSA Nonfiction Award, 2010-Present

Honoring the best nonfiction book published for young adults 

Sponsored by Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal, 2001-Present

Recognizing the best informational books for children under 15

Sponsored by Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

Norman A. Sugarman Children’s Biography Award, 1998-Present

Honoring excellence in biographies written for children

Sponsored by Cleveland Public Library

Flora Stieglitz Straus Award for Nonfiction, 1993-Present

Honoring a distinguished work of nonfiction that serves as an inspiration to young people

Sponsored by Bank Street College of Education Center for Children's Literature

Skipping Stones Honor Awards, 1994-Present

Recognizing outstanding books that promote an understanding of cultures, cultivate cooperation and/or encourage a deeper awareness of nature, ecology, and diversity

Sponsored by Skipping Stones


National Council for the Social Studies

The largest professional association in the country devoted solely to social studies education. NCSS engages and supports educators in strengthening and advocating social studies.

Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies

Promotes quality Social Studies education from kindergarten to higher learning

Pennsylvania Geographical Society

Exists to promote effective geographic teaching, research, and literacy

National Council for History Education

Professional and intellectual leadership to foster an engaged community committed to the teaching, learning, and appreciation of diverse histories.

The International Society for the Social Studies

The International Society for the Social Studies (ISSS) is a non-profit, professional society devoted to the social studies. ISSS is an international interdisciplinary society for individuals striving to promote and enhance the importance of social studies education across the world.

Center for Civic Education

The Center's mission is to promote an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy. Sponsor of We The People competitions.

National History Day

A nonprofit education organization improving the teaching and learning of history.

American Geographical Society

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Association of American Geographers

Association of Teachers of Social Studies

Geographic Education National Implementation Project

Geographical Association Network

National Council for Geographic Education

National Geographic Society

National Middle School Association

Network of Alliances for Geographic Education

Pennsylvania Social Studies Standards

The Pennsylvania Academic Standards are part of the Standards Aligned System (SAS). SAS is the Pennsylvania Department of Education's digital curriculum and instruction resource site.

National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies

The Themes of Social Studies

Council for Economic Education

K-12 resources

National Standards for Civics and Government

From the Center for Civic Education

National Council for Geographic Education

K-12 Teacher Resources

National Standards for the Preparation of Social Studies Teachers

National standards for social studies teacher education created by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).


Library of Congress teacher resources

Classroom materials and lesson plans to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching.

Gilder Lehrman Teaching Resources

Primary Source based lessons and activities focused on American History.

World Digital Library

Thousands of primary sources from around the world. Hosted by the Library of Congress.

CNN 10

CNN 10 is a daily news show for students over 13 and other viewers who want to learn about current events and global issues in 10 minutes or less. Our mission is to break down complicated news stories with easy-to-understand explanations from CNN reporters all over the world. We represent all sides of a story equally: no opinion; no slant; just the facts. And we have a little fun while doing it!

Beyond the Bubble

A resource produced by the Stanford History Education Group for the purpose of helping teachers teach with primary source documents. Beyond the Bubble provides teachers with lessons that they can use to help their students analyze primary source documents. Each of the lessons is accompanied by an interactive rubric that includes sample answers aligned to each indicator on the rubric.

60- Second Civics

60-Second Civics is a daily podcast that provides a quick and convenient way for listeners to learn about our nation’s government, the Constitution, and our history. The podcast explores themes related to civics and government, the constitutional issues behind the headlines, and the people and ideas that formed our nation’s history and government.

BBC's Witness podcasts

Witness history as told by the people who were there. Five days a week we will be talking to people who lived through moments of history to bring you a personal perspective on world events.

Who Am I?: A History Mystery

Who Am I? A History Mystery is a fun and challenging activity from the Smithsonian's The Price of Freedom online exhibit. Who Am I? presents players with six historical characters that they have to identify using the text and image clues provided. To solve the mystery players have to match the visual artifacts to each character.

The Civic Trust

Explore resources for teachers, students, and business leaders to use for civics learning and engagement.

National Geographic Education Resources

The education section in National Geographic features a growing collection of tools and resources created specifically for use with students in class. These include a resource library featuring tons of materials (e.g., lessons, activities, infographics, images, videos, etc)

 PBS Learning 

PBS Learning offers a huge library of free standards-aligned resources for your social studies classes. These include videos, interactives, lesson plan, and many more. 

National Archives 

The Educator section in the National Archives offers a wide variety of educational materials to use in your teaching. The site also offers DocsTeach, which is an online tool to help teachers integrate primary documents in their instructions.

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