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Infant Through Grade 12 Resources: High School

Collections for those working with children and youth.

Finding Books

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Do a keyword search to quickly find materials; narrow your search to items in IG12.

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    Children's  Literature Comprehensive Database

    An amazing database for anyone interested in finding and using children's and young adult literature. Not all titles found here are available in the IG12, but it's a good place to start your search.


    Springfield-Greene County Library District

    Search the catalog

    Students living on campus and Greene county residents can request an online card. The Park Central branch and the Midtown branch are closest to the Springfield campus. (You can take the shuttle to the square downtown to get to the Park Central branch). If you can't find a book in IG12 and need it quickly, the public library is a great place to check.


    A statewide consortium of mostly college and university libraries. Search the MOBIUS catalog to borrow books from other consortium members and request books for delivery to MSU’s libraries. Most MOBIUS items arrive in 5-7 days. An email will notify you to go to Circulation for pick-up.

    Find a Book for Grades 9 - 12



    Need a list of great fantasy titles for a dragon-loving teen? Titles to help your tenth-graders explore the Civil War? Search the Children's Literature Comprehensive Database!

    Want to keep up with Young Adult Literature?  Check out these sites:

        Multicultural/Multiethnic Books

        The sites below provide good 'starting points' for finding multicultural books. It is helpful to review sites that give good guidelines for evaluating multicultural titles; many award-winning books do not accurately represent the cultures they are attempting to depict, and some are, quite frankly, what one reviewer calls "toxic". 

        Lesson Planning

                     Extreme Math           Reader's Theatre for American History


        To learn how to easily find books with ideas on lesson plans and activities (such as the ones above), click on the "FAQ" tab, above.

        Often textbooks have excellent lesson plan ideas.  Look for the Teacher's Edition, which often has "wraparound" text giving ideas for activities, lessons, and assessments.  Since textbooks strive to fulfill national and state standards, the topic areas are usually quite similar, but the ideas for presenting them can be different and fun to use.

        Tired of spending hours Googling for lesson plans or other information?
        Try these!

        Finding Items in IG12

        We have 4 main areas within IG12; each has its own location code that you will see on the library catalog record:

        MSU Meyer Curric Juv denotes an item in our small school library area;

        MSU Meyer Curric General denotes an item in our Curriculum Guide area;

        MSU Meyer Curric Textbook denotes an item in our Textbook area; and

        MSU Meyer Curric Kit denotes an item in our Curriculum Kit area.



        Please e-mail
        Cherri Jones with suggestions for useful sites for this page.