San Francisco Public Library

History / Social Studies

SFPL Databases

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GolierOnline Passport logo Grolier Online Grades 3 and up
Current events, states, countries.
Kids InfoBits logo Kids Infobits (grades k to 5)
Geography, state flags and maps, presidents, U.S. and world history.
Social Studies Fact Cards logo Social Studies Fact Cards
California Missions, California Native Americans, Governors, Ranchos and other California-specific topics.
Gale Student Resource logo Student Resources in Context (Gale) Literature (grades 6 and up)
Social issues, U.S. and world history, including primary sources, audio and video clips.

Selected websites (grades K and up)
Websites on current events, government, states, countries, maps, cultures in America.
CIA World Factbook (grades 5 and up)
Countries, maps, flags.
California Missions Resource Center (grades 4 and up)
Mission facts, photos, maps.
Calisphere (grades 4 and up)
Photographs, works of art, and other primary sources from California history.
San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection
Photographs and works on paper of San Francisco and California views from 1850 to the present

Local Resources

California History Online (grades 4 and up)
California Historical Society.

Photographs and works of art from the pre-Gold Rush era to the Great Depression.

California’s Untold Stories: Gold Rush! (grades 4 and up)
Oakland Museum of California

Photographs and audio clips of miners, mining tools, and other artifacts.