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EDU 210: Children's Literature

Fall 2008
Finding Information

The library has many tools to help you conduct research on your topics. Use this guide to explore a selection of sources available to you. If you have questions, encounter problems, or simply want to talk about your topic, stop by the Reference Desk to chat with any of our librarians. You are also more than welcome to contact me directly at or x7563.

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Finding Books
For books in the Gustavus library, use the MnPALS catalog. Write down the call number and location information. Use the maps on the library's website, the tags on the sides of shelves, or stop at the Reference Desk to figure out where your book is shelved. To request books from other libraries, visit the Interlibrary Loan page for more information or use the FindIt! button in WorldCat.
  • 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.
  • St. Peter Public Library (Traverse des Sioux System)

    If you're looking for more children's literature, 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. Bring your Gustavus ID card to sign up for a public library card, which gives you access to all the Traverse de Sioux libraries! Once you have a library card, it's easy to request books through the online catalog.
  • WorldCat

    Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. Access to WorldCat is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM); the database can also be searched through its free web interface, at
Reference Books
Reference books are an excellent place to start your research. These specialized encyclopedias provide overviews of topics, giving you both a sense of the scope of the topic and good search terms! Some reference books also have suggestions for further reading; locate these books and articles to use as sources in your paper.
  • Authors and Illustrators
    • Something About the Author. (Ref. PN 451 .S6 v.__)
    • Contemporary Authors. (Ref. PN 771 .C62 v.__)
    • Contemporary Authors--New Revision Series. (Ref. PN 771 .C632 v.__) *Note: Use the index to search entries in both Contemporary Authors and Contemporary Authors--New Revision Series. (Ref. PN 771 .C632 Index)
    • Black Authors and Illustrators of Books for Children and Young Adults. (Ref. PN 1009 .A1 M97 1999)
    • Eighth Book of Junior Authors and Illustrators. (Ref. PN 1009 .A1 E36 2000)
    • St. James Guide to Children's Writers. (Ref PN 1009 .A1 Y9 1999)
    • St. James Guide to Young Adult Writers. (Ref PS 490 .S35 1999)
    • Children's Book Illustration and Design. (Ref. NC 965 .C43 1992)
  • Book Awards
    • The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books. (Ref. PN 1009 .A1 N48 1998)
    • One Hundred Years of Children’s Books in America: Decade by Decade. (Ref. PS 490 .A38 1996)
    • Coretta Scott King Awards Book: From Vision to Reality. (PN 1009 .A1 C67 1994) Gen Coll
    • Kerlan Awards in Children’s Literature, 1975-2001. (PN 497 .K47 2001) Gen Coll
  • Challenged/Censored Books
    • Banned in the U.S.A. (Ref. Z 658 .U5 F64 2002)
    • Censorship: a world encyclopedia. (Ref. Z 657 .C45 2001)
  • Genres/Topics
    • A to Zoo: subject access to children's picture books. (Ref. PN 1009 .A1 L715 2006)
    • Beyond Picture Books: a guide to first readers. (Ref. PN 1009 .A1 B373 1995)
    • Against Borders: promoting books for a multicultural world. (Ref. PN 1009 .A1 R63 1993)
    • Best Books for Children: Preschool Through Grade 6. (Ref. PN 1009 .A1 B377 2006)
    • Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for Pre-K - Grade 6. (Ref. PN 1009 .A1 A39 2000)
Finding Articles
Search for articles in any of these databases. If the full text is not available through the database, click on the yellow FindIt! button. The FindIt! button will search all other databases and our print copies to see if we have access to the article. An SFX screen will pop up, directing you to full text options. If you see an option for ILL, it means we will have to request the article from another library. Click the Go button next to the ILL option to be taken directly to the ILL form.
  • Academic Search Premier,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=aph

    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.
  • ERIC,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=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.
  • LexisNexis Academic

    Search current news, business information (including business news and corporate financials), and legal news and information. International news sources are also included.
  • Educator's Reference Complete

    This upgrade to the Professional Collection database includes more than 450 full-text academic journals, hundreds of full-text reports, and many premier reference sources. Content focuses on educational principles, child development and psychology, and best practices in education. Majority of the full-text titles included are also found in the ERIC database. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
  • SAGE Premier

    Search the full text to over 500 scholarly journals published by SAGE in a range of disciplines, including many social sciences titles. Many journals include full backfiles - back to 1960s or earlier. To search articles by discipline, click on the "Browse" tab, then click on the "Articles by Discipline" tab.
  • Teacher Reference Center,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=trh

    Provides indexing and abstracts for over 280 of the most popular teacher and administrator trade journals, periodicals and books to assist professional educators. Coverage includes assessment, curriculum development, literacy standards, and more.
Websites of Interest Additional Resources
Use these pages to explore other library resources.
  • Citing Your Sources

    Start here to find information on citing your sources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style.
  • Off-Campus Access

    Instructions for accessing article databases from off campus.
  • Reference Desk

    Hours for fall semester at the Reference Desk are: Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 5:00 & 6:00 - 10:00, Friday 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday 12:00 - 8:00
Contacting Michelle
I'm happy to meet with you at any time to chat about your research. I can suggest additional sources, advanced search techniques, and troubleshoot problems you may encounter. Email me at or call x7563.

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