Social Studies

Welcome to the main page of the social studies resource guide. This guide will help you locate materials online and in the Mitchell Public Library collection that can help you with your research or provide additional information on topics. 

Additional pages will be added to this resource guide with a focus on providing resources that match South Dakota Social Studies Standards.

General Resources

Online Resources:

World Book Opens in new windowWorld Book

Type: Database

Landing page for all World Book databases.


PBS Frontline Teacher Center

Type: Website

Provides supplementary materials for use in and outside of the classroom.

PBS Frontline World

Type: Website

Resources and "stories from a small planet." The website is no longer updated and has been replaced by the PBS Frontline Teacher Center, but it still has content available for use. Includes materials that discuss world culture, geography, economics, history, and politics.

National Geographic Education

Type: Website

Provides supplementary resources and learning modules on science, geography, human culture, and history. National Geographic offers online courses, lesson plans, and more through this website.

World Factbook

Type: Government Website

The World Factbook provides basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, environment, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues for 266 world entities. The World Factbook is maintained by the CIA.

Available at Mitchell Public Library:

World Book Encyclopedia

Type: Encyclopedia

World Book is an American encyclopedia designed to cover significant areas of knowledge uniformly. The encyclopedia has been published since 1917. It is an excellent source for scientific, technical, historical, and medical subjects. The library has the most current edition available in the reference section. The previous edition is available in adult nonfiction for checkout.

Research and Citation

Purdue Online Writing Lab

Type: Website

The Purdue University Online Writing Lab houses writing resources and instructional materials to users worldwide. The site covers topics like avoiding plagiarism, citation and format styles, and more.

Type: Website

Citation Machine is a Chegg service that allows users to create citations for over 7000 citation styles.  The free version of the website does make you watch an advertisement after making a few citations. It's important to review the citation to ensure that all necessary information in included.