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FTS 100: Toy Design

Fall 2011
The Research Process

Research is an adventure. It's open-ended, exploratory, surprising, frustrating, and full of blind alleys and interesting side trips. It doesn't have to be lonely. Compare notes with your colleagues and take advantage of the friendly people sitting at the reference desk. We love to help you find what you're looking for.

Professor: Kyle Chambers
Librarian: Anna Hulseberg

Table of Contents:

Resources on Children's Books
  • Academic Search Premier
    Look for more recent books reviews in journals such as Library Journal and Publisher's Weekly, available via Academic Search Premier. You can limit your search to Document Type=Book Review.
    1975-present; updated daily
  • Best Books for Children
    Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited 2006
    This resource contains brief entries for over 23,000 recommended books arranged by literary genre and subject areas. Recommended grade levels are indicated for each book.
    • Location(s): Ref PN 1009 .A1 B377 2006
  • Book Review Digest
    H. W. Wilson Company 1905 -
    Contains references to book reviews in popular magazines and book trade periodicals such as Publishers Weekly, including a note about the length of the review and brief excerpts.
    • Location(s): Reference Z1219.B72
    1905 - present
  • MLA International Bibliography
    The major research resource for information on English literature, foreign languages and linguistics. Includes references to scholarly articles, books, book chapters, book reviews, and dissertations; coverage dates back to the 1920's.
    1923-present; updated 9 times yearly
  • ProQuest Newsstand
    Indexing and selected full text access to over 350 newspapers from around the world. Archival coverage begins in 1985 for some titles. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
    1986-present (most from 1995 on)
  • Ninth Book of Junior Authors and Illustrators
    H.W. Wilson 2004
    Contains biographical and critical sketches of children's book authors and illustrators.
    • Location(s): Ref PN 1009 .A1 N58 2004
  • Something About the Author
    Detroit: Gale Research
    The single most complete source of biographical and critical information about children's book authors. In addition to lengthy survey articles there are numerous photographs and illustrations. Frequently interviews and autobiographical statements are included. Use the index in the most recent volume to find which volumes include information on a given writer. Note: As of 2009, the library will no longer have an active subscription to Something About the Author, but the older editions will be kept in the Reference Collection.
    • Location(s): Ref PN 451 .S6
  • St. James Guide to Children's Writers
    Detroit: St. James Press 1999
    Each entry contains brief biographical information, listings of the author's publications and a short critical essay examining the work of the author.
    • Location(s): Ref PN 1009 .A1 T9 1999
  • Yesterday's Authors of Books for Children
    Detroit: Gale 1977
    Provides substantial biographical/critical sketches of children's book authors of the past. Be aware that, because of its publication date, some of the analysis will not reflect contemporary critical approaches or issues.
    • Location(s): Ref PN 451 .Y4 (vol.)
  • St. Peter Public Library
    If you're looking for more popular fiction, the St. Peter Public Library is just a few blocks from campus. If you head down (east) College Ave. and take a left (north) onto Washington, the library is two blocks from there.
Findings Statistics
    Provides U.S. federal and state reports and statistics on children and families.
  • United States Census Bureau
    The source for statistical data collected by the United States government on the U.S. population. Browse or search by topic or click "QuickFacts" for state and county profiles.
  • Google Advanced Search
    If you want to limit a Google search to U.S. government sites, you can use the Advanced Search option and enter .gov in the "Search within a site or domain" field.
Finding Articles
Databases for articles and other materials offer references to publications that may or may not be in this library; some databases offer full text of articles and others simply citations. There are in-depth databases that cover publications in a particular field and others that are interdisciplinary. You can access databases from a drop-down list on the library's main page.
  • Academic Search Premier
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
    1975-present; updated daily
  • ERIC
    ERIC is the major index to literature in education. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, it provides full citations and abstracts for journal articles, books, curricula, government documents, dissertations, and research reports selected by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). ERIC citations date from 1966 to the present, and full text is available for many research reports. You may limit your search to show only results with free full text.
    1966-present; updated monthly
  • Points of View Reference Center
    This full-text database is designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. The database profiles over 250 topics, each with an overview, point, counterpoint, and Critical Thinking Guide. Topics are supported by the main essays, articles from leading political magazines, newspapers, radio and TV news transcripts, primary source documents (including videos) and reference sources. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).

    Technical note: If you have problems viewing video from Gustavus computers, you may want to download and install the Windows Media Player Firefox Plugin.
  • ProQuest Newsstand
    Indexing and selected full text access to over 350 newspapers from around the world. Archival coverage begins in 1985 for some titles. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
    1986-present (most from 1995 on)
  • PsycINFO
    Citations and abstracts to articles from more than 1300 international journals in psychology and related fields, going back to 1840. This database covers all areas of psychology, including experimental, developmental, communications, social processes and issues, personality, physical and psychological disorders, professional issues, applied psychology, educational psychology, and behavioral literature in such related fields as law, business and medicine. Also includes citations for books and book chapters.
Finding Books
Books are shelved according to the Library of Congress system.
  • MnPALS Plus
    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All Libraries" in the search options to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary Loan. View our MnPALS Plus tutorial.
  • Browsing Books
    In addition to searching for books in the catalog, browsing the shelves can be a good way to find books on your topic. You might try browsing at BF712-724 (developmental psychology) or HQ767.8-792.2 (child development).
Reference Works
Reference works are helpful at two points in your research: when starting out (by offering overview articles of, say, a writer and her work) or when nailing down unfamiliar terms, concepts, and topics that turn up during your research. Many reference book articles are written by experts and offer not only information but excellent bibliographies for further research.
  • CQ Researcher
    Washington, D.C. : Congressional Quarterly Inc.
    In-depth, analytical reporting on the most current and controversial issues of the day. Published by Congressional Quarterly, with its tradition of nonpartisan reporting and analysis, each CQ Researcher presents a balanced account of an issue on the public agenda. The objective, forward-looking reporting that characterizes these articles is designed to encourage discussion, to help readers think critically and to facilitate further research.
    • Location(s): Ref H 35 .E352 [year]
  • The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion
    Chicago: University of Chicago Press 2009
    This reference work covers children's development from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The alphabetical entries range from "abandonment and infanticide" to "youth movements." Includes index and a short bibliography for each entry.
    • Location(s): Ref HQ 767.84 .C55 2009
  • Child Development
    New York: Macmillan 2002
    Covers topics related to child development in terms of their social, physical and mental development.
    • Location(s): Ref HQ 772 .C436 2002
  • Encyclopedia of Obesity
    Los Angeles: Sage Communications 2008
    Contains nearly 500 entries on obesity and related topics. Includes index and bibliographies.
    • Location(s): Ref RC628 .E53 2008 (v. 1-2)
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Childhood and Adolescence
    Detroit: Gale 1998
    A thorough and comprehensive encyclopedia containing nearly 700 entries on the primary stages, key theories, and issues in child development, and definitions of terms and concepts related to the health care, education, and developmental psychology of children.
    • Location(s): Ref HQ 772 .G27 1998
  • Growing Up in America: An Atlas of Youth in the USA
    New York: Macmillan 1998 edition
    Examines key issues in contemporary America from the perspective of how these issues impact young people. An unique visual format transforms data on such topics ans health, race, immigration, crime, education, poverty and more, into and accessible portrait of the status of American youth, and shows how that status has changed over the latter half of the 20th century.
    • Location(s): Ref HB 1323 .C52 U658 1998
  • Handbook of Child Psychology
    New York: Wiley 2006 6th ed. edition
    A comprehensive source that presents the current state of developmental psychology and also provides ideas and information about the future of this field. Author and subject indexes are included.
    • Location(s): Ref BF 721 .H242 2006
Developmental Milestones Toy Safety Guidelines Finding Journals
  • Journal Locator
    Find out if we subscribe to a particular journal, either online or in print. If the journal is not available in print or full text at Gustavus, you may request copies of articles through Interlibrary Loan.
Other Resources
  • Citing Your Sources
    Learn how to cite your resources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style. In addition to these online style guides, print style guides (and The Everyday Writer) are available both at the library reference desk and at the Writing Center (Confer 232). This page also includes links to RefWorks and EndNote Web.
  • Interlibrary Loan
    Materials not available at Gustavus may be borrowed from other libraries and sent here for you to use.
    • Location(s): Library - Main Floor
  • Scholarly vs. Popular vs. Trade
    Provides criteria for distinguishing between scholarly journals, popular magazine, and trade publications. From the North Carolina State University Libraries.
Contacting Anna
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