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This guide is designed to assist students enrolled in Children's Literature and YA Literature courses with locating Library resources for their research assignments. The guide is organized into steps that cover the basic research process for locating and citing relevant sources used in writing a paper or other projects. For general research assistance other than Children's Literature and YA Literature, view the links listed under Research Tools.
Subject keyword search terms related to Children's Literature include: Children's literature • Children's plays • Children's poetry • Children's stories • Fairy tales • Storytelling • Children's writings • Children--Books and reading • Reading--Parent participation • Children's literature--Study and teaching (Elementary) • Juvenile literature • Young adult literature • Young adult fiction
Books, eBooks, and other Library materials can be searched using the Online Catalog. You can search the catalog by Subject such as Children’s Literature. You can also search by American Library Association Award title such as Caldecott or Coretta Scott King under Subject in the catalog. There are two main categories of books: general and reference. General books (located in the "Stacks" on the lower floor) can be checked out and are often used for more in-depth research. Reference books (located on the upper floor) do not circulate but can be useful for acquiring an overview on a topic.
A few selected Library general and reference titles for Children's and YA Literature are listed below.
Bloody Murder adds to the body of inquiry into America's ongoing fascination with violent crime. Abate argues that when narratives for children are considered along with other representations of homicide in the United States, they not only provide a more accurate portrait of the range, depth, and variety of crime literature, they also alter existing ideas about the meaning of violence, the emotional appeal of fear, and the cultural construction of death and dying.
This illustrated series covers more than 600 writers and illustrators for children and young adults. Typical entries consist of a listing of major works and awards and criticism from significant reviews and commentaries on the author's or artist's works.
In this book, you'll find more than 500 listings for children's book markets, including publishers, literary agents, magazines, contests, and more. These listings include a point of contact, how to properly submit your work, and what categories each market accepts. This edition also features: Interviews with accomplished authors, such as Melissa de la Cruz, Leigh Bardugo, E. Lockhart, and more. More than a dozen debut authors of picture books, middle-grade fiction, and young adult fiction explain their personal paths to success and publication. Advice on how to navigate social media, blogging, and more to enhance your chances at writing success.
This series offers readers the opportunity to become familiar with both famous and less well-known personalities from classic fiction. Articles are arranged alphabetically by book title and begin with ready-reference top matter information about the author and the book, including each book's title, foreign title if originally published in a language other than English, author's name with birth and death years, date of first publication, genre, locale, time of action, and plot type. Heavily cross-referenced indexes allow easy access to all title covered. Pronunciation guides are provided for character names that are most likely to be mispronounced. *AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY
This huge volume is the first comprehensive encyclopedia of the fantasy field, offering an exciting new analysis of this highly diverse and hugely popular sphere of literature.With over 4,000 entries and over 1 million words, it covers every aspect of fantasy - in literature, films, television, opera, art and comics.
Provides encyclopedic coverage of folktales and fairy tales from around the globe. Covers not only the history of the fairy tale, but also topics of contemporary importance such as the fairy tale in manga, television, pop music, and music videos. Brings together the study of geography, culture, history, and anthropology.
Human Rights in Children's Literature investigates children's rights under international law -- identity and family rights, the right to be heard, the right to be free from discrimination, and other civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights -- and considers the way in which those rights are embedded in children's literature from Peter Rabbit to Horton Hears a Who! to Harry Potter. This book traverses children's rights law, literary theory, and human rights education to argue that in order for children to fully realize their human rights, they first have to imagine and understand them.
The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature provides an indispensable and fascinating reference guide to the world of children's literature. Its 3,500 entries cover every genre from fairy tales to chapbooks; school stories to science fiction; comics to children's hymns.
The Encyclopedia offers comprehensive coverage of children's literature, from medieval chapbooks of moral instruction for children to J. K. Rowling's immensely popular Harry Potter books. Unlike other references, the Encyclopedia not only documents but also interprets every work, major and minor, that has played a role in the history of children's literature in the world. General essays illuminate prominent trends, themes, genres, and the traditions of children's literature in many countries.
Reading the Art in Caldecott Award Books is a practical and easy-to-use reference handbook explaining what makes the art in Caldecott Medal and Honor books distinguished. It is a useful manual for librarians, teachers, and others who want to better understand picture book illustration. This book includes many useful components: short entries about fifty-six books, information on styles and media, artistic analysis of the illustrations, and artist biographies. This book, used as a handbook in conjunction with Caldecott Award books, provides readers with ready-to-use information they can share with children and others, while helping to build confidence in one's ability to talk about art in all picture books.
Each volume in this series provides illustrated biographical profiles of approximately 75 children's authors and artists. Entries typically cover: personal life, career, writings, works in progress, adaptations, additional sources. A cumulative author index is included in each odd-numbered volume.
This work provides thorough coverage of the literature of the supernatural across the canon, covering such works as Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia, and J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. *AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY
"Talking-animal tales have conveyed anticruelty messages since the 18th-century beginnings of children's literature. Beginning with the ideas of literary theorist Mikhail Mikhailovich Bakhtin, this book examines ways in which animal characters gain an aura of authority through using language and then participate in reversals of power"-- Provided by publisher.
A treasure trove of information for a student, librarian, new parent, or anyone wondering about the post-Harry Potter book biz, Wild Things! draws on the combined knowledge and research of three respected and popular librarian-bloggers. Told in affectionate and lively prose, with numerous never-before-collected anecdotes, this book chronicles some of the feuds and fights, errors and secret messages found in children's books and brings contemporary illumination to the warm-and-fuzzy bunny world we think we know. Secret lives, scandalous turns, and some very funny surprises -- these essays by leading kids' lit bloggers take us behind the scenes of many much-loved children's books.
The Library subscribes to online databases that provide access to full-text magazines, scholarly journals, newspaper articles, and eBooks. Since databases are subscriptions that contain copyrighted written materials, off-campus access is password protected. To search from home you will first need to log in using your MyVVC credentials. The following databases are suggested for Children's and YA Literature related research:
A multi-disciplinary database providing full-text articles for more than 6,600 magazines and scholarly journals, including full-text for nearly 6,000 peer-reviewed titles. In addition, it includes peer-reviewed full text for STEM research, as well as for the social sciences and humanities.
After typing a search term, use the “Select a Field” option to refine your search:
• Subject (searches subject terms within the database)
• Abstract (searches terms within the article abstract)
• All Text (search the entire article)
Under “Limit your results” check:
• "Full-Text" for full-text articles only
• "Scholarly Journals" for journal articles only
Contains the complete Gale series, Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of Literary Biography, "selected" full-text critical essays from various Gale literary criticism series (Contemporary, 1400-1800, 19th –Century, 20th-Century, Shakespearean, Poetry, Drama, Short-Story, Children’s Literature), critical essays and reviews from over 360 literary journals and magazines, and more.
Tip: Click on the "Advanced Search" button to combine author, title, and keyword searches. To expand your search terms, change "Keyword" to "Entire Document."
The online edition of the literary reference book from Salem's Critical Insights series (also available in the Library - PN 6710 G733 2014). The work examines the contemporary graphic novel as literature. Specific attention is paid to the use of narrative genre in the graphic novel (e.g. the superhero graphic novel, the crime narrative graphic novel, and more).
The online edition of the literary reference book from Salem's Critical Insights series (also available in the library - Ref. PR 6068 O93 Z94 2015). The volume provides fourteen scholarly essays that examines the entire scope of J.K. Rowling’s series. Included are surveys of the books’ critical responses; comparisons to Arthurian legend; analyses of the portrayals of men, women, goodness, and godliness; suggestive possibilities for theoretical engagement; and an answer to the question, “What motivated youth to read the Harry Potter series?”
Includes the following full-text reference works: Shakespeare for Students: Critical Interpretations of Shakespeare's Plays and Poetry, 2ed. (2 vols.); The Facts On File Companion to Shakespeare (5 vols.); and Critical Companion to J.R.R. Tolkien: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work.
Full-text articles are available and can be searched by year through the EBSCOhost database. Includes reviews of the best children's books published, articles about children's books, explorations of children's books from every perspective and news of the children's book world.
Full-text articles are available, with a 12 month delay, and can be searched by year through the EBSCOhost database.Critical evaluation, analysis or commentary for librarians, teachers, students, writers and interested parents on social issues reflected in books, interviews with authors and illustrators and accounts of classroom practice and experience.
Finding Web Sites
Some recommended Web sites for Children's and YA Literature are listed below:
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18. The Book Awards and Book/Media Lists links provide extensive information on resources for teens.
The Library maintains a collection of instructor reserve materials. These consist of textbooks, videos, and supplemental course materials that instructors have put in the Library for student use. To find what materials are available for Child Development, search Course Reserves in the Online Catalog. It is best to search by "Course Number" (ex. ENGL 235) in that an instructor other than yours may have placed an item on reserve. Materials can be requested at the Periodicals counter and generally must be used in the Library on a two-hour loan period. Photocopy machines are available for 10¢ a copy.
Citing Sources and Plagiarism
The most common way to cite sources is to use a bibliography or "Works Cited" list at the end of your paper. The works cited list includes a citation for each of the sources you used to write your paper. The citations are formatted in a consistent style according to one of several standard citation formats. The two most common citation formats for college research papers are: (1) TheAPA Publication Manual(American Psychological Association) - predominately used in Social Sciences and (2) The MLA Handbook (Modern Language Association) - predominately used in Humanities and Liberal Arts. Copies of the MLA Handbook (LB 2369 G53 2016) and the APA Manual (BF76.7 .P83 2010) are available in the Library stacks and the reference collection. An abbreviated version of each style is also on the Library's website under "Research Tools" - MLAorAPA. The abbreviated version contains examples for citing full-text articles from online databases and other selected sources. If you are unsure about when and why it is necessary to cite sources, see "Understanding Plagiarism" for a concise overview. Assistance with writing your paper is available at theVVC Writing Center. Always check with your instructor for the required citation format.