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Education: Social Studies

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Social Studies Lesson Plans

Awesome Library -- Social Studies

American Memory Project 

Exploring Florida   Social Studies resources with a Florida focus from USF's Florida Center for Instructional Technology. Contains maps, music, movies, virtual reality sites, Floripedia, and more.

Mrs. Mitchell's Virtual School  Mrs. Mitchell is a Social Studies teacher from New Hampshire. 

National Council for the Social Studies  

National Center for History in the Schools

PBS Site for Social Studies Teachers

Social Studies Lesson Plans and Resources 

National Archives:  Teaching with Primary Sources Lesson Plans

Today's Front Pages from Newseum of Washington, D.C.  presents front pages of over 800 newspapers throughout the world. Users can quickly locate newspapers by region.  Does not keep an entire range of archives but has some historical events such as Hurricane Katrina, Presidential Elections, Red Sox Wins the World Series, etc.

Primary Sources

What are Primary Sources?  Essentially, primary sources are first hand accounts of an event.  Examples may include diaries, photographs, audio files, video recordings, memoires, maps, artifacts, etc.  

Guide to Using Primary Sources

Using Primary Sources on the Web Terrific Guide by American Library Association


Selected Web Sites

American Memory Project 

Back to the Source: Inspired Teaching with Primary and Original Sources 
Includes lesson plans and primary resources (documents, images, audio and video clips) by subject area.  SPIRED TEACHING WITH PRIMARY AND ORIGINAL SOURCES

Best of History Web Sites by  Contains over 1200 websites organized by area of history.  Includes lesson plans and  teacher guides.

National Archives 


Early Americas Digital Archives  offers electronic texts from 1492 - 1820

Internet History Sourcebook from Fordham University. Annotated site that organizes reference into ancient, medieval or modern.  

Repositories for Primary Sources  from the University of Idaho.  Offers over 5000 web sites from regions throughout the world that link to manuscripts, historical archives and photographs

Discovering American Women's History Online

State Digital Resources: Memory Projects, Online Encyclopedias, Historical & Cultural Materials Collections







FGCU Library Selected Resources

The FGCU Library has a variety of resources (books, videos, or journals) for Social Studies.  To search for teaching resources for Social Studies, do a search for Social Sciences Study and Teaching as a Subject Heading.  Then, on the left go to the subject area and open it form more results.  You should be able to narrow to the following areas:

Here are a few examples:

Social Studies Books in Curriculum Collection

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Selected Journals for Social Studies and Locating “Hot Topics”

To see if a journal is available in print in the Library's collection, please use the Library Catalog and select Journal Title to focus your search results.  Results will display both online, print and microfilm journal titles.

Journals (most of them) are in electronic format and available 24/7. To see if a journal is available electronically, go to the Journals page. 

Finding Articles Using Online Databases

The following databases are excellent starting points for locating materials related to social studies topics.    When connecting to these resources from off-campus, you must enter your FGCU ID (14-digit number) before you are allowed access.

Locating School Textbooks and Children's Literature

K-12 Textbooks and children's literature books are located on the 1st floor of Library West.  To browse holdings, please go to the advanced search screen of the library search box.

1. Go to
2. In the search box, select the books tab.
3. Select advanced search. 
2. Select  Location as Curriculum Collection or Children's Literature to only search those areas.