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Information Sciences 503: History of Children's Literature: Find Published Research

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.

Core Journals

As you are searching the article databases to the right, you will find research in a broad range of journals. The following titles are some of the top in the field:

  • The Lion and the Unicorn
  • Children’s Literature in Education
  • Jeunesse
  • Children’s Literature Quarterly
  • Children’s Literature
  • Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth

Put Your Historian Outfit On and Explore: Recent Catalog Listings for the "Children's Literature -- History and Criticism" Heading (See more with the "View" Links)

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Article Indexes (Databases)

Children's Literature is a field that attracts researchers from numerous disciplines, including not just literature but the information sciences, education, and history. You will likely need to search in disciplinary databases for each of these fields to find relevant articles, as well as the library catalog for books in the field.

Find Research Books

Scholars in humanities disciplines like literature and history often publish their most important work in monographs (books on specialized topics, usually by a single author). You will want to search the library catalog and beyond for these works as well as collected essays on children's literature.

You can search for research on particular titles or authors using the keyword search, but you can also use the term "children's literature" as a subject search. The subheading "history and criticism" can be included in that or left off.

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