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EDUC 461 - Teaching Science & Social Studies - Early Childhood & Elementary

Effective Sources for Early Childhood and Elementary Researchers

Finding Books




A search in a library catalog on a topic keyword + the word "juvenile" will result in titles around that topic for younger readers.  For example: elephants and juvenile . Try this in the search box above to find books at Tomlinson Library. In public library catalogs, like the Mesa County Libraries catalog, you can also limit to non-fiction and reading level.

Encyclopedias & Other Reference Sources

For older elementary and middle school readers, encyclopedias can provide helpful social and historical context. Some common encyclopedia and reference sources:

 Reputable online encyclopedia, available through the Mesa County Public Library

 Topic overviews and articles for young readers, available through the Mesa County Public Library

Subject-specific Reference e-books from the Marmot Overdrive collection, available with a CMU MavCard or a public library card

Online Magazines for Kids

available with a CMU MAVCard or public library card


Article Databases for Kids

Search articles by topic - available through the Mesa County Public Library (and many other public libraries)

Explora - Elementary - Topic overviews and articles for younger readers



Primary Search – Research resources for younger readers

HowStuffWorks explains the curiosities of our world, providing factual, unbiased content that’s fun to read


Nasa Kids Club provides games and activities supporting national education standards in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.



Google Earth - Kids can explore worldwide satellite imagery, 3D buildings, terrain for hundreds of cities.




Smithsonian for Kids - Activities, games, and videos relating to the Smithsonian collections




BBC History for Kids includes activities, animated videos, and articles on ancient, world and British history