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ENGL 275: Children's Literature   Tags: chilldren's literature, course guides, english  

This guide features library databases containing biographical information, descriptions of works of literature, literary criticism, and library catalog information to help you with your children's literature assignments.
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Locate literary criticism and book reviews

  • Literary Reference Center (EBSCO - Full Text)
    This database contains full text information about authors and their works.
  • Literature Criticism Online (Gale - Full Text)
    Use this source to read full text or excerpts of literary criticism. To focus only on criticism of children's literature, select Children's Literature Review. No reviews are more recent than 2008.
  • Horn Book Guide
    The Horn Book Guide Online is searchable by author, illustrator, title, subject, and bibliographic data, as well as by rating assigned the book in the original Horn Book review. Also contains short critical reviews of books published between 1989-2011.
  • Horn Book Magazine
    In their own words, "Independent, opinionated, and stylish, The Horn Book Magazine has long been essential for everyone who cares about children's and young adult literature. Our articles are lively, our reviews are insightful, our editorials are always sharp. We have gathered current and archival material to give you a taste of what we've been offering since 1924. Dig in."
  • Kirkus Reviews
    Use this site to find book reviews. If the full text is not available from this page, search for the review in either Ebscohost Academic Search Premier (from 2001-present, see below) or Lexis-Nexis Academic (from 1991-present).
  • Academic Search Complete (EBSCO - Full Text)
    A multi-disciplinary database, with full-text coverage of thousands of academic journals and trade publications in the sciences, arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Find books in local libraries

Use the library catalog to find relevant books and other library material. Use Universal Borrowing to find books in other UW Libraries and at the local public library, called the Portage County Public Library.  (Use your UWSP ID number to borrow books from the public library and have them delivered to the UWSP library for you to pick up if you cannot make a trip to the public library yourself.)

Search Hints:  If you want to find a book by looking for its title, drop down the search box options and select "Title begins with." 

If you do not have a specific work in mind, perform a keyword search using relevant subject or title terms, or use an author's name.  

A great way to find works for young people is to enter search terms and phrases used in the catalog, such as: "juvenile poetry" or "children's poetry" or the two words poems juvenile for poetry collections; "children's literature" for collections of literary works for children, or "juvenile literature" for nonfiction written for young people.  For traditional literature, use search terms like fables, folktales, myths, or legends.

Do a subject search using Children- Books and reading to find books on the reading interests of young people. 

Look for biographical information

Look here for biographical profiles and articles about authors.

Locate literature online

  • LitFinder (Gale - Full Text)
    LitFinder provides full-text access to thousands of poems, short stories, essays, plays, and speeches in the areas of Literature, History, Economics, Sociology, Art & Architecture, Philosophy, Psychology, Science, and Drama dating back to the 9th Century BCE.
  • NoveList K-8 (EBSCO)
    This source lists books but not much more. Subject searches can help locate novels by theme and topic.
  • Horn Book Guide
    The Horn Book Guide Online is searchable by author, illustrator, title, subject, and bibliographic data, as well as by rating assigned the book in the original Horn Book review.
  • Database of Award Winning Children's Literature (DAWCL)
    A searchable database of over 10,000 records from 112 awards across six English-speaking countries (United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, and Ireland). Search by author, illustrator, title, age of reader, ethnicity, genre, setting and award.



Try our new discovery tool where you can find books in the UWSP collection, full text articles from scholarly journals and magazines, online videos, as well as photographs, documents and maps from the UW digitial collections. 

Then, with one click, go beyond our holdings at UWSP and order books from other UW libraries and search for articles beyond our subscriptions. Search@UW is multidisciplinary, so it's a great starting point for research across all majors.  It can be a real time saver, since it combines what have historically been separate search venues in a single site, making your search experience faster and easier.



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