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Children's and Young Adult Literature: Children's



To find books and government documents in USA Libraries' collections, use SOUTHcat: USA Libraries' Catalog.

  • Catalog tips and tricks:
    • Keyword searches – use quotation marks to hold phrases together ("juvenile fiction")
    • Truncation – use ? after the root of a word to find all its variants (president? finds president, presidents, presidential...)
    • Browse the Subject(s) field in records to find the right words for searches. (Example: Try doing a keyword search for "death penalty," then look at the subject(s) field in several records. You’ll see that the subject term is "Capital punishment." Click the subject heading to find more records with this subject.)
  • Revise and refine your searches.
  • Watch for repeating call numbers and browse stacks in that area.
  • Pay attention to the Location and Status fields. You will need this information to locate the item in the library.

Sample search terms:

Subject Heading Browse:

  • picture books for children      
  • childrens literature american
  • childrens literature history and criticism
  • teenagers books and reading


  • censorship school
  • picture? "childrens literature"


Tips for Finding Children's Books

1. All Children's and Young Adult fiction is located in the Juvenile Collection in the Instructional Media Center on the 1st Floor North. Please be sure to note book location information in the title's record.

2. When searching SOUTHcat, you can limit your results to just those in the Juvenile Collection.

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For location of acceptance speeches

for Newbery and Caldecott awards,

use EBSCO's Library and Information

Science & Technology database,

Search newbery and speech

with the publication or source as

Horn Book   -OR-

search EBSCO's Education Research

Complete with the source as -

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