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Children's Literature and Culture: Children's Literature

Guide to the Cotsen Children's Library, Special Collections

Encyclopedia and companions

Research works and authors

Major databases (find more by subject)
Major scholarly journals (more are available via the library online catalog):

Contains over a thousand titles of bibliographies, catalogs, biographies, and other reference sources for researching children's materials, authors, and illustrators.

What is Article+?

Articles+ is your one-stop shop for obtaining scholarly articles. At its backend is a search engine that indexes across the databases to which the Princeton University Library subscribes from a large number of publishers and vendors. It is quick and convenient, a great place to start your search.

There are occasions where it is more useful to visit individual journals or databases. For example, you are aware that a journal has produced a special issue on a topic of interest and you would like to browse the entire issue. The browsing functionality is usually better supported by the article database where the electronic journal lives.

Useful search terms

  • children's literature | young adult literature
  • history | criticism | interpretation | books and reading
  • illustrated | illustrators | illustration

What is a citation search?

Citation searching is a way of finding relevant research by looking at what an article has referenced and who has since used that article as a reference. Databases and online tools that support citation searching: