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Tim Siftar

Tim Siftar
Librarian for Information Sci & Tech, School of Education, and Goodwin College
Hours M-F: 9am-5pm
Hagerty Library, Room 134


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Children's & Young Adult Literature

  1. Specific Author or Illustrator
  2. Review of a Specific Book
  3. Criticism of a Specific Book
  4. Collection Development
  5. Awards
  6. Multimedia
  7. Story Time Resources on the Web
  8. General Information

Specific Author or Illustrator

Review of a Specific Book

  • best resourceA To Zoo: Subject Access To Children's Picture Books -- PRINT  -- and    ELECTRONIC Ref Z 1037 L715 2006 Prefaced by a short history of the English-language picture book, with bibliography. Arranged by subject and also by author's name. PLEASE NOTE: An electronic version of A to Zoo can be found inside Books in Print - see the link for "Children's Room" along the upper right.
  • best resourceBook Review Index -- ELECTRONIC Gale's comprehensive guide to book reviews with 5 million+ review citations from thousands of publications. Has the entire backfile of the printed "Book Review Index" from 1965 to present. Similar to HW Wilson's "Book Review Digest" it covers popular, academic and professional books. SFX links lead to full-text of reviews.
  • Booklist -- WWW Reviews of the latest books and electronic media. Every year nearly 4,000 books reviewed for adults, more than 2,500 titles for children.
  • Books in Print -- ELECTRONIC Web version of the library classic, also includes more than 300,000 full-text reviews from 11 leading sources. Permits browsing by ten main indexes such as AWARD or LANGUAGE, and also by subject headings such as JUVENILE or COMICS.
  • Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site -- WWW A collection of reviews of great books for kids, ideas of ways to use them in the classroom and collections of books and activities about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and professional topics.
  • Children's Literature Comprehensive Database CLCD -- ELECTRONIC CLCD is an ever growing online database with over 300,000 reviews and related information on children’s literature. CLCD contains reviews from over 36 quality reviewers including: The ALAN Review; BookList; The Horn Book Guide; and KIRKUS
  • Kirkus Reviews -- WWW Reviews approximately 5,000 titles - Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction, Foreign Language, Non-Fiction and Children's - per year.
  • Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe -- ELECTRONIC Provides full text coverage of magazines and newspapers. Useful for reviews of children's books and biographical information on juvenile authors.

Criticism of a Specific Book

Collection Development

See research guide for School Librarianship


  • best resourceBooks In Print -- ELECTRONIC Web version of the library classic, permits browsing by ten main indexes such as AWARD or LANGUAGE, and also by subject headings such as JUVENILE or COMICS. Includes children's books awards from 1982-present. Includes all content from "Children's Books in Print" published separately.
  • Children's Books: Awards & Prizes -- PRINT Ref Z 1037 A2 C45x Lists children's book awards recipients for United States awards, British Commonwealth awards and international and multinational awards. Includes title and person indexes.


Story Time Resources on the Web

General Information

    Drexel Library's Juvenile collection is on the Lower Level Browse online using advanced keyword search set Location= Hagerty Juvenile Collection.      
  • Finding Books

    Children's Literature --  PRINT Ref PR990 .H85 2001 Provides a comprehensive introduction to English-language children's literature from the eighteenth century to 2000. It includes critical surveys of the work of forty major authors, studies of over twenty key texts, and discussion of important issues, themes, and genres.
  • The Children's Literature Dictionary -- PRINT Definitions, resources, and learning activities Ref PN1008.5 .L38 2002
  • International Companion Encyclopedia of Children's Literature -- PRINT Ref PN 1008.5 .I57 1996 Presents a wide range of international critical theories, attitudes, and approaches to the study of children's literature.
  • Finding Articles

  • best resourceERIC on EBSCO 1967-present (see SFX links for full text) — ELECTRONIC Journal articles, agency reports, and much more. The authoritative repository for the teaching discipline published by the U.S. Department of Education. SEARCH TIPS: On the EBSCO platform, try “limiting your results” using the new “Education Level” or “Peer-Reviewed” option. Or, use the thesaurus to identify your terms. Then with the Advanced Search, use the drop down menus to specify your terms as “SU Descriptors,” placing quotes around any search phrases.
  • best resourceERIC.ed.gov - on free web (see “Find in a Library” links for full text) — WEB
    SEARCH TIPS: On the free web platform, use the thesaurus to identify your search terms. Then in Advanced Search, specify your terms as “descriptors” and place quotes around them.
    For help, consult the guide to ERIC resources. I recommend trying your search in both this EBSCO and the free web version of ERIC - results may differ!
  • Education Periodicals -- ELECTRONIC A great all around education database on the friendly Proquest platform.

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