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English Teaching Secondary: Books


Search Tips

Besides searching the Library Catalog for items by author, title, or keyword, try the subject search. Some useful subject headings include:
american literature--study and teaching (secondary)
classroom management
education, secondary
english language - grammar - study and teaching (secondary)
english literature--study and teaching
english language--composition and exercises--study and teaching
language arts - (middle school)
language arts - (secondary)
composition (language arts)

For information about managing the classroom, try a subject search in the Library Catalog for terms like, classroom management or teacher-student relationships or effective teaching.

Interlibrary Loan

Our NSU Interlibrary Loan service provides access to materials from other libraries or those not held in the NSU Libraries collections. ILL services are available to all students, faculty, and staff in the NSU community at no charge.

Interlibrary Loan requests can be submitted and tracked electronically on or off campus through your ILL account, providing secure access, convenience, and expedient processing and delivery.

To login and place an Interlibrary Loan request, use the account link below. If you are searching for items in our Discovery catalog interface, simply click the "Request via Interlibrary Loan" button to create a request.


For additional book titles not owned by NSU Libraries search the WorldCat databases. The WorldCat databases will locate items (books and more) from other libraries as well as items owned by the NSU Libraries.

Curriculum Materials

The "P" section of the Curriculum Materials area (see the below link), located at the JVL on the second floor in the southwest corner (room L221), has Oklahoma state adopted textbooks, reviewed by the Oklahoma State Textbook Committee (see the link below). See the below link for a listing of other School District Information Review Centers in Oklahoma (contact information, location).

Photo of materials in the Curriculum Materials Collection  Example of book titles in the Curriculum Materials Collection

Textbooks (Curr Mats): These materials may be checked out. The Curriculum Materials room offers a variety of textbooks covering writing, grammar, composition, vocabulary, spelling, literature, handbooks, and much more.

Additional example textbooks:

Books JVL

Use the Library Discovery (link is below) system to search for books or other materials. From the library home page (link is below) select the "Books & Media" tab and use the drop down menu to search for books by keyword, by title, by author, or by the subject search.
Example author: Harper Lee, or reverse the name order to Lee, Harper or by title, To Kill a Mockingbird.

See books such as the series title Critical Insights (print) or check for matching titles for selected literature available online through the Salem Press Titles (see themes, authors, short fiction, literary context).
Example themes:
American Dream, American Road Literature, Coming of Age, Crisis of Faith, Cultural Encounters, Dystopia, Family, Good and Evil, Graphic Novel, Midwestern Literature, Nature and the Environment, Southern Gothic Literature, Technology and Humanity, The Fantastic, and The Hero's Quest.

Reference books:

  • Magill's Literary Annual (Ref PN44.M329) For the online version see Salem Press Titles
  • Masterplots, 4th edition (Ref PN44.M33) For online version see Salem Press Titles
  • A Handbook to Literature (Ref. PN 41.H355)
  • Shakespeare for Students (Ref. PR 2987.S47)
  • Calendar of Literary Facts (Ref. PN 6075.R64 1991)

Methods books:
The methods books are located on the third floor of the library. They include sources on literary works as well as suggestions on how to teach English in secondary education. Also look in the LB1631-1632 call number sections.

Books in the Collection

NSU Theses and Capstone Collection

Header image of the John Vaughan Library's digital library

The JVL Digital Library continues to add more NSU theses and capstone papers in digitized formats for quicker online access (accessible via the below link). 

For additional theses or capstone papers in print form, search the Library Discovery system (see the link below). For example, using the Keyword search, enter the terms "capstone paper" or refine the search by combining terms such as reading (secondary) and capstone paper or (middle school) and capstone paper.