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EDU 3104: Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School

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Citing Your Resources

Doing ethical research means citing sources. It is critical to credit writers for their work and their contributions to your research. To not do so is unethical and leads to plagiarism - unintentionally or not. Here are some sources to help you cite properly and to avoid the problem of plagiarism.

  • Citation of Sources
    This lists citation engines which help you create proper citations as well as providing information on different citation styles.
  • Tips on avoiding plagiarism
  • Turnitin
    Turnitin is a service that faculty and students use to detect and avoid plagiarism in their writing.
  • NoodleBib
    NoodleBib is an online resource that will help you format MLA and APA bibliographies, exporting them directly to your word processing program.

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Reference Books and Guides

Educators guide to free social studies materials. (2004–2005). Randolph, Wis., Educators Progress Service. Provides information about over 1,400 free items such as videos, lesson plans, slides, and print materials. AG600 .E315 (Most recent in New Teacher Resources, previous ed. in Curriculum Materials)

Handbook of research on curriculum. (1992). New York, NY: Macmillan Publishing Co. Three central issues are covered: how curriculum is studied, how it is shaped and how it works as a shaping force. Chapter 29 covers social studies. Ref. LB 1570.H264 1992.

Handbook of research on social studies teaching and learning. (1991). New York, NY: Macmillan Publishing Co. Articles written by experts deal with elements of teaching, learning and instructional outcomes. Includes name and subject indexes. Ref. LB 1584.H275 1991.

Learning standards for social studies. (1996). Albany, N.Y.: University of the State of New York, New York State Education Department. Standard 1: History of the United States and New York. Standard 2: World history. Standard 3: Geography. Standard 4: Economics. Standard 5: Civics, citizenship and government. H62.N48.L327 (Available online, in Curriculum Materials Center, Reserves Window and at Brookhaven Reference)


These are suggested journals in this subject area to help start your research. Links will take you to all articles available from these journals through the Library’s database subscriptions. Add keywords to your search to find articles on specific topics within each journal. For more searches, use the databases in the Subject Articles section.

Educational Leadership

Journal of Social Studies Research

Social Studies

Social Education

Web Sites

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids (GPO)
This database, produced by the Government Printing Office, describes federal government for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 and teachers/parents. Includes information on the United States, historic documents, branches of government, national versus state authority, how laws are made, elections and citizenship.

Children & Nature New York
Dedicated to the prevention of "Nature Deficit Disorder", the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working to reconnect children with nature. C&NN provides access to the latest news and research in the field and a peer-to-peer network of researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to the health and well-being of children.

CYFERnet: Children, Youth and Families Education and Research Network
A national network of land grant university faculty and county extension educators,e.g., Cornell, CYFERnet supports community-based educational programs for children, youth, parents, and families.

Education World
Designed for K-12 educators and administrators. Main areas: Administrator's Desk, Lesson Planning, Technology Integration, School Issues, and Professional Development. Access articles, news, contests and resources.

Energy Star Kids
A resource that helps children see where energy comes from, how it is used, and what they can do to conserve it. Links at the bottom available for both teachers and parents.

NYSTE Preparation Guides and Information
This site contains downloadable .pdf test guides, as well as information on registration and score reporting. Dowling also has many of these guides available at our periodicals window. Ask your librarian, or search the Dowling Library Catalog using the search terms: Teacher Certification.

Research from the 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: National Findings
This PDF document researches alcohol, illicit drug use, substance abuse, substance dependence, treatment and more. Contains graphs.

Teacher's Tap Professional Resources for Educators and Librarians
Locate educational standards for any state. Link to educational standard resources, e.g., U.S. National Content Standards, Selected Local and State and Provincial Standards, outcomes, benchmarks and more.

TeacherTube - The 'YouTube' for Sharing Educational Videos
TeacherTube is a terrific resource to share, upload and download educationally related videos and information. Essentially, it is YouTube for teachers. It has a similar look and feel, has a similar interface for uploading, and a similar method to embed videos on other pages.The big difference - this site is dedicated to educational videos. The idea is that if students click on the TeacherTube logo they are taken to a much safer site. TeacherTube's aim is to provide an online community for sharing instructional videos.... in a much safer forum. Diligent efforts are also made to monitor and bring down content that is inappropriate for this forum.

White House for Kids
Especially designed for children, this site offers news and events, games, puzzles, and even includes an area where children can participate in polls.

CIA for Kids
Divided K-5th and 6th-12th, kids can read more about the CIA, play interactive games, and 'help' the CIA solve some puzzles. Throughout this site, there are also some "top secret" things kids won’t find anywhere else...

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