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Information Sciences 503: History of Children's Literature: Background Information

This guide suggests resources to consult for IS503, History of Children's Literature. It suggests resources for background information, publication history, and reception history of children's books, as well as published research.

Biography: Core Resources

Biographical questions are very popular with all types of reference services and audiences. The library offers other biographical resources you can find through the biography resources page.

Biographical Information in Obituaries

Beyond the resources listed above that may include citations for obituaries, check newspaper sources for obituaries as well. Listed below are two database to search for obituaries:

See a sample search of ProQuest Historical Newspapers in the Reviews tab. For more historical newspapers, see the guide from the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library.

Biographical and Other Background Information in Archival Collections

Encyclopedias and Handbooks

You may be find relevant background information in one of the following encyclopedias and handbooks, which are all available from the library catalog. Many are only available in print, so you may want to request a scan of a section via DocExpress if you are a distance student.

  • M. O. Grenby. Children’s Literature Studies: A Research Handbook
  • Handbook of Research on Children’s Literature and Young Adult Literature
  • International Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature
  • Reading Children’s Literature
  • The Pleasures of Children’s Literature
  • The Routledge Companion to Children’s Literature
  • Oxford Companion to Children’s literature
  • Oxford Handbook of Children’s Literature
  • Keywords for Children’s Litrerature
  • Children’s Literature by Grenby 

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