NCEA – Social studies

Resources to help you learn about Social studies.

Library resources

Biography Resource Centre
Biographical information on more than one million people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.
Access this with your library card number and password / PIN, or at our libraries.
Contemporary Women's Issues
Multidisciplinary, full-text database that brings together relevant content from mainstream periodicals, "gray" literature, and the alternative press - with a focus on the critical issues and events that influence women's lives in more than 190 countries.
Access this with your library card number and password / PIN, or at our libraries.
National Geographic Virtual Library
Access to the digital archive of the world-renowned magazine National Geographic. Coverage is from 1888 onwards up until the most recent issues.
Access this with your library card number and password / PIN, or at our libraries.
National Geographic: Kids
Access to the digital archive of the trusted children's magazine National Geographic: Kids. Aimed at 6 to 14-year-olds.
Access this with your library card number and password / PIN, or at our libraries.
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center draws on the acclaimed social issues series published by Greenhaven Press, as well as other reference content to provide a complete one-stop source for information on social issues.
Access this with your library card number and password / PIN, or at our libraries.

Social studies web resources

Ancient Egypt
The British Museum explores ancient Egyptian life, geography, pyramids, writing, and mummification.
Arctic Studies Centre
Explore the history of Northern peoples, cultures, and environments during the Viking age.
Between a rock and a hard place.
Looks at the history of the sweatshop industry in America from 1820 - 1997, through a series of images and displays about employees in manufacturing industries working in unfair and unhealthy conditions.
Children in Victorian Britain
Outlines the world of a child born in Victorian England. The site contains photographs and images of Victorian children, simulated activities, and stories related to work, school, and play.
Convicts to Australia
Guide to researching Australian convict ancestors. It provides convict tales and a year by year account of the settlement of Australia, and convict transportation complete with passenger lists.
Dictionary of New Zealand Biography
Contains over 3,000 biographies of New Zealanders who made their mark on this country. Snapshots of New Zealand history through images, graphs and timelines. Does not include people who are currently living.
Human Rights Commission
Provides a summary of the human rights legislation in New Zealand, human rights training, speeches and addresses, and reports and submissions. Includes information on discrimination based on disability, sexual orientation, HIV/AIDS, age, employment, accommodation, education, provision of goods and services plus sexual harassment and special education.
Living Heritage
Living Heritage is an online bilingual initiative that enables New Zealand schools to develop and publish an online resource, based on a heritage treasure in their community.
Museum of Tolerance
The Simon Wiesenthal Center is an international Jewish human rights organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust. The Centre confronts important contemporary issues including racism, anti-Semitism, terrorism and genocide.
Treaty of Waitangi
This link, from the National Archives of New Zealand, is an image of the original Treaty of Waitangi document.
UN Data
Search data from the United Nations - economics, population, environment, trade, energy and more.

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