Finding Curriculum Guides, Standards and Frameworks at UWSP

If you are looking for curriculum guides, standards and frameworks in selected subject areas, you have a number of options.  

For in-print curriculum guides in this library, use the catalog. Set limits to IMC. In your search, combine the subject area (mathematics, reading, etc.) with terms such as “curricula”, “curriculum guide”, “curriculum guides”, "standards" etc. Truncation (curricul?) works fine, but tends to bring up too many items which, while related to curricular activities, are not curriculum guides proper. Limiting the search for one or both terms to “title” sometimes helps to get fewer but more relevant search results. If the IMC's copy happens to be checked out, a second copy may be available in Government Documents (6th floor, Library).

The ED-type documents within ERIC also include some curriculum guides (even though most are articles discussing them). When in ERIC (Ebscohost), use the same search strategies as suggested for the catalog search.

Tip #1: Limit your search to "Documents" -- if you are looking for the actual curriculum guides, standards etc.  Do not impose such limit when you are searching for discussions about these documents.

Tip #2: The truncation symbol is the *. (E.g., when looking for material in the math area, enter math*.)

Tip #3: You can further narrow your search results by clicking on either the "State Standards" or "Academic Standards" to the left of your listed search results.

More and more curriculum guides/standards/frameworks live a happy life on the web. Finding them with a general search engine is not necessarily easy, but there are some educational gateway sites that are of much help. A good starting point for browsing is the Standards Page at the Educator's Reference Desk website at The following resources mentioned seem to be particularly relevant:

The Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM: may also be of help. Keyword searches, which combine a subject area with the word curriculum (e.g., "mathematics curriculum"), may lead you to specific curricula and the classroom activities associated with them.

Be prepared that the links provided in the above resources may no longer be valid. If you know the exact title of a document, try using it in a Google search. Make sure to place quotation marks around the title.

A search in the UW-Madison catalog (see below) will also point to many curriculum guides that are freely available on the web.

Kraus Curriculum Development Library (KCDL) database: The UWSP Library does not have access to KCDL. However, thanks to the friendly folks at the Center for Instructional Materials and Computing (CIMC) at the UW-Madison, who entered many of the KCDL resources into the UW Madison Catalog, searching this catalog is another effective approach towards finding curriculum standards, framework and guides.

How to search the UW-Madison catalog: 

Go to the UWSP Library Home Page at

Click on the first link under the Library Catalogs heading entitled "Find books, videos & more." This leads you to our main catalog search page.

Click on the “Other Catalogslink (upper left corner)

Select the UW Madison from the UW Universal Borrowing Libraries menu and click on the “Connect” button.

Perform a keyword search in the UW Madison catalog (I strongly recommend using the “Guided Keyword” screen): Kraus Curriculum Development Library (as a phrase) AND curriculum guide? (as a phrase) AND health (or mathematics or reading or whatever the subject area may be).

Such searches will lead to three different types of resources: 

  1. Web-based resources freely accessible to all users. [If the link is no longer valid, try to locate the resource with Google using the its exact title placed in quotation marks.]
  2. KCDL microfiche, which can be recognized by the letters KCDL in the call number (can be ordered through Interlibrary Loan,
  3. Resources accessible only through the fee-based KCDL site (UWSP users are out of luck.)

Finally, the "Where can we find classroom resources aligned with state standards?" site maintained by the Wisconsin DPI's Curriculum Resource Center may be of interest. Supported by the MarcoPolo Education Foundation and the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board, it provides "thousands of high-quality lesson plans, classroom activities, instructional television programs, and more, all provided by leading professional education organizations, and aligned to Wisconsin's model academic standards." <>.


Created by Axel Schmetzke, Library, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Last updated 06/14/06 .
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