Children's Literature

Course #: EN201-BR

Finding books about children's literature

  • Search Laurier’s Primo library catalogue for books on your topic. The default search is both books and articles so choose the “books” tab if you want to eliminate articles
  • You can start with broad keywords (e.g. “charlie and the chocolate factory”) and then narrow down your results by clicking on one of the “refine your results” links on the left-hand side of the screen
  • For example, you can click on the subtopic “movie adaptations”
  • You can also limit your results to the Brantford campus and/or books published within a specific time frame (e.g. works published after 2006)
  • For works written by an author, change the dropdown option from “full record” to “author”
  • For works written about an author, change “full record” to “subject”
  • TIP: If you want criticism about a novel, you may find a chapter in a book about the author rather than an entire book devoted to a single novel

Find eBooks

  • Laurier's eBooks are just as scholarly as our print books
  • They are available 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection
  • Some of our ebooks can be downloaded and read on mobile devices (but not on the Kindle). If a book is downloadable, it will have a download link
  • View a video tutorial on finding eBooks

Can't find it at Brantford? Request it

Finding articles about children's literature

Too many search results?

  • If you get too many search results, use narrower search terms (e.g. “snow white” instead of “fairy tales”)
  • Try adding more concepts to your search. Adding more terms that are linked by “AND” will decrease your number of search results (e.g. “snow white” AND “adaptations”)

Too few search results?

  • Think in terms of broader categories (“fairy tales” rather than “snow white”)
  • Add alternate terms for each concept (“adaptations” OR “versions”). Adding more terms that are linked by “OR” will increase your number of search results
  • TIP: Look at the bibliographies of the most pertinent books and articles on your topic. One author can lead you to others in the field

Need assistance with writing?

Creating a bibliography

Need help with research?

  • Don’t hesitate to contact me (Pauline Dewan); I am here to help you. For additional information, see my contact page
  • Email me at pdewan@wlu.ca
  • Call me at 519 756-8228 ext. 5529
  • Drop in for help or make an appointment. My office is in the Digital Library and Learning Commons, on the lower level of Grand River Hall, room 108B
  • Instant message a Laurier librarian for help by clicking on “Ask Us” (from the homepage of the Laurier Library)

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