Lending Library

Lending Library materials are available on a first-request basis and may be reserved for two weeks at a time. Reservations may be made by phone to (423) 425-4118 or email to probasco@utc.edu.  A brief list of currently featured resources is below.  A complete list of Lending Library materials is available here.

Featured Resources


Common Sense Economics

With the global economy recovering from a steep recession, and with that recovery challenging our long-held ideas about what careers and the market can be, learning the basics of economics has never been more essential. Principles such as gains from trade, the role of profit and loss, and the secondary effects of government spending, taxes, and borrowing risk continue to be critically important to the way America's economy functions, and critically important to understand for those hoping to further their professional lives - even their personal lives.Common Sense Economics discusses key points and theories, using them to show how any reader can make wiser personal choices and form more informed positions on policy.


Economic Episodes in American History

With Multiple Perspectives in American History So Important, Why is an Economic Perspective Especially Valuable?

So much of American history involves economic events. Whether it is the American Revolution or the Civil War, The Great Depression or The New Deal, much of what we teach in U.S. history is about economic events as a primary cause and/or effect of the political, military and social history that forms the central narrative of American history. With a fuller and deeper understanding of economic processes and institutions, students can have a more complete understanding of why certain events happened. They can see how individuals and the society made choices and they can recognize the unintended economic consequences that often occurred. And with that greater knowledge, students can better analyze the choices and decisions they will need to make in their own lives, as both individuals and as engaged citizens shaping the future of our nation. This is the first way in which Economic Episodes in American History provides an enhanced understanding of history and expands the critical thinking skills of students.


Economics and the Environment: Ecodetectives

Economics and the Environment: EcoDetectives is a 15-lesson curriculum designed to show how teachers and students can use economic reasoning in efforts to describe and explain important environmental problems.  In addressing environmental issues, teachers often can count on a high degree of interest and strong feelings among their students. Many young people respond with genuine concern to information and images that highlight environmental problems. The challenge for teachers is to move beyond that starting point, helping their students gain a well-informed approach to reasoning about environmental problems.


Entrepreneurship Economics

The nation's economy will increasingly rely on entrepreneurs to stimulate economic growth.  The skill set needed to succeed in the 21st century workforce-one that values opportunity, creativity and agility-is quite different from the skillset needed during the last century.  The key to success is an economic way of thinking, which should be a cornerstone of the nation's efforts to reform the educational system.  Lessons introduce student to entrepreneurship through a resource market simulation, which demonstrates how entrepreneurship promotes economic activity and benefits society.  Students explore and analyze systems and the entrepreneur's role in the economy.


Financial Fitness for Life K-12 (USB Flash Drive)

Financial Fitness for Life® (FFFL) provides high-quality instructional materials for use with students from kindergarten to grade 12. These materials are presented in separate publications for four grade levels (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12); within the grade levels, lessons are clustered in themes. The overarching goal of the materials is to help students make thoughtful, well-informed decisions about important aspects of personal finance, including earning income, spending, saving, borrowing, investing, and managing money.



Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool?  What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? How much do parents really matter?

These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask.  But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist.  He studies the riddles of everyday life--from cheating and crime to parenting and sports--and reaches conclusions that turn conventional wisdom on its head.  Freakonomics is a groundbreaking collaboration between Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning author and journalist.  They set out to explore the inner workings of a crack gang, the truth about real estate agents, the secrets of the Ku Klux Klan, and much more. Through forceful storytelling and wry insite, they show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives--how people get what they want or need, especially when other people want or need something. 


Freakonomics: The Movie

Freakonomics is the highly anticipated film version of the phenomenally bestselling book about incentives-based thinking by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner.  The film examines human behavior with provocative and sometimes hilarious case studies, bringing together a dream team of filmmakers responsible for some of the most acclaimed and entertaining documentaries in recent years.  


Kingdom of Mocha and Return to Mocha

A two-part entertaining, animated video in which basic economic principles are explained.  (26 minutes each, grades 6-12.)  This video is popular with both junior and senior high school teachers and students.


Learning, Earning, and Investing for a New Generation

Teach your students personal finance concepts.  The lessons in this book are designed to take full advantage of the Council for Economic Education's free online game, Gen i Revolution, however all the lessons are free-standing and may be used without the game.


Stossel in the Classroom: 2015 Edition

This DVD includes eight segments from John Stossel television programs, chosen and edited specifically for the classroom, as well as four bonus videos from other organizations.  Segments address topics from Overregulation, Endangered Species, Internships, Electronic Surveillance, and many more.


Teaching Economics Using Children's Literature

The Stories You Know, Love... and Use.  Teaching your young students basic economics concepts doesn't have to be fairytale...

Discover how a collection of traditional children's stories can give your classroom an instant economic boost at an early age and all while infusing more reading comprehension and language art skills into your everyday instruction.

Even the Three Little Pigs Know Their Economics.


Virtual Economics 4.5: Classroom Resources (USB Flash Drive)

What if you could make lesson planning an easy process?  Searching for materials can be difficult and time consuming. Don't you wish there was an efficient way to build lessons that appeal to your students and correlate with the most up to date state content standards? Discover the all-in-one flash drive, Virtual Economics, your one stop resource to print-based, web-based, and multimedia materials.


The Wide World of Trade

How does international trade and finance affect YOUR students?  Take your students on an enlightening economic journey around the globe—and back—with 11 action-packed activities from the brand-new The Wide World of Trade.

Designed to actively engage your inquisitive middle-school students, each lesson plan condenses abstract economic concepts into bite-size nuggets that your students will easily understand – and enjoy!  And the step-by-step layout of each lesson walks you effortlessly through every key concept. You’ll confidently master each topic, plus you’ll deliver it quickly for a maximum impact.