Photo of Thetford Academy circa. 1900
Thetford Academy at the turn of the century. What social studies did they study then?
Social Studies is a very broad subject area. When you study social studies you might be studying anthropology (the study of humankind), archaeology (the study of human history and pre-history through the excavation of artifacts and remains), economics (the study of wealth), geography (the study of the relationship between the environment and human life), history, law (methods for organizing and controlling human societies), philosophy (answering big questions about human life), political science (the relationship between individuals and nations), psychology (the study of human behavior), religion (the study of human faith) and sociology (the study of human societies). According to The National Council for the Social Studies,
“The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.”

As you might guess from all the subject areas listed above, social studies books can be found in several different places in the library (and on the Internet). Because of this, social studies is one of the subject areas where asking a librarian can really help.  If you want to browse social studies books, they can be found in:

  • the 000s (General Knowledge);
  • the 100s (Philosophy and Psychology);
  • the 200s (Religion), the 300s (Social Sciences);
  • the 600s (Technology and Applied Sciences);
  • the 700s (Arts, Sports and Recreation);
  • and the 900s (Geography, History and Biography)

Not sure where to start or looking for more? Ask a librarian!

Latest social studies websites

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