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Subject Guide: Children's Literature

  • Introduction
  • Books
  • Articles
  • Web Resources



Brief Description: The body of written works and accompanying illustrations produced in order to entertain or instruct young people. (Britannica)


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Subject Headings

The following are some selected subjects to use when searching in Chinook for children's literature:

  • Childrens Literature
  • Children's poetry
  • Children's plays
  • Childrens Literature History And Criticism
  • Childrens Literature American History And Criticism
  • Children's encyclopedias and dictionaries


Search Strategy

Add the term "Juvenile Fiction" after your topic keyword during a subject search to narrow results:

Example: Imagination Juvenile Fiction


Limit the Location to "Juvenile" and enter a keyword term to search only for materials located in the Libraries' Juvenile Literature Collection.


To find bilingual or translated children's materials, search for both languages (example: English AND Spanish) and limit the Location to Juvenile.



Accessing Resources from Off Campus
If you want to use databases like the ones listed below while you are off campus, you must use VPN. For more information about how to download and install VPN, see the library's page on Off Campus Access.


Abstracts and Indexes to Academic or Scholarly Articles

Abstracts and Indexes are used to locate published journal articles, conference proceedings and papers, reports, scholarly research and patents.


Children's Books in Print Z1037.A1 C482
Volume 1 includes Author and Illustrator indexes, with listings for more than 164,000 contributors. Volume 2 contains the Title Index to more than 208,750 books available from United State publishers.


Children's Literature Abstracts Z1037 .C5446
Quarterly international guide to books and periodical articles about children's literature. 1975-2000.


Children's Literature Comprehensive Database
The Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD) is an acquisition, research, and reference service that offers more than 1,400,000 MARC records and more than 280,000 reviews of children's books--all full text searchable from 36 review sources. CU


Academic Search Premier
Academic Search Premier is the world's largest scholarly, multi-discipline, full text database designed specifically for academic institutions. This resource contains full text for over 3,460 scholarly publications. Varies, mostly late 1990's to the present. CU


MLA International Bibliography
MLA International Bibliography is produced by the Modern Language Association. Index to articles in literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore from several thousand journals and series published worldwide. 1963-present. CU


Humanities Full Text
This database provides references for periodical information in the humanities subject area. February 1984-present. CU