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Service Learning

This guide provides a variety of Service Learning resources for faculty, staff, students, and community members.

Using Library Search

Search or use the link below for "Service Learning" results from Library Search

  1. Use Subclass LC, Library of Congress (LC) Classification (Call Numbers):  LC 215 to LC 238.
  2. Search for LC Subject Headings (LCSH) to enter in Library Search (e.g. Service Learning). Alternatively, from the results for Books & Media, select subject terms in the subject field of a result.
  • LCSH is a controlled vocabulary for indexing/cataloging books, media and  other library collections.  Each subject heading shows synonym (variant) terms and hierarchical relationships among subject headings.
  • There are also geographic and demographic/ethnic group headings
  • Databases have their own controlled vocabulary (thesaurus, subject headings or descriptors). These are listed on the Research/Publishing page.
  1. Use E-ZBorrow and ILLIAD (Interlibrary Loan) to request materials not available at Temple.
  2. Use WorldCat to discover and locate resources anywhere in the world.
  3. For ebooks and online articles, select online from the Library Search results, or search databases with ebooks
    Ebooks Finding and Using Guide.

Background Resources

Statutory Defintion of Service Learning

Definition of Service-Learning, as codified in 42 USC § 12511(40), the National and Community Service Act of 1990 (as amended through December 17, 1999, P.L. 106-170; Section 101 (23) and reauthorized through the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act of 2009):

The term “service-learning” means a method -

(A) Under which students or participants learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service that

(i) is conducted in and meets the needs of a community;

(ii) is coordinated with an elementary school, secondary school, institution of higher education, or community service program, and with the community; and

(iii) helps foster civic responsibility; and

(B) that

(i) is integrated into and enhances the academic curriculum of the students, or the educational components of the community service program in which the participants are enrolled; and

(ii) provides structured time for the students or participants to reflect on the service experience.