Tuesday, September 16

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From Karla:

Below are some tips that I am suggesting to the students in the LLED 402 Children's Lit classes as they compile a reading diary. In particular, they may have trouble finding alphabet books, and nursery rhymes--seems to work best by typing the terms in keywords on the CAT. They will also be looking for NonEuropean (tell them to think of countries not in Europe--Africa, Japan, China, United States, Russia etc.) and European (England, Ireland, Germany, France) folklore which seems to work best with a LC subject heading search...for eg. Folklore Africa will bring up a number of hits. Then they need to check the titles that they find in the following databases:  Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD) or else in The Hornbook Guide Online to see if they have been favorably reviewed. They could do the reverse of that...find a title in CLCD that has a good review and than check the CAT to see if we own it.
Tips for using the CAT

1.       Use Advanced Search

2.       Limit the search to Pattee Library & Paterno Library (UP);  Juvenile Books

3.       Search by Keywords (Alphabet, Nursery Rhymes);  Title, Author, or LC subject heading--NonEuropean (Folklore [Africa, Japan, China, Greece, North America, United States]); European (Folklore [Germany, France, England, Ireland]); Myth$ (Myth, Myths, Mythology, Mythical)

4.       Always click on details in the record to find the book's designation and  location

5.       What does the record say? Juvenile, Picture Books, Education Juvenile Fiction, Instructional Materials


Review Sources: Databases: Children's Literature Comprehensive Database [Green dot--one or more reviews present/orange dot--curriculum connections); Hornbook Guide Online--(Rating System, 1-6, 1 being the best).   Print Sources (Booklist [starred reviews], The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, School Library Journal)

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