Shatford Library

Shatford Library

Child Development

1. Library Catalog - Find Books and Media

The Library Catalog is a database of books, media and course reserves located in the library's collection. To find resources in the library by subject, you will need a call number which is based on the Dewey Decimal or Library of Congress Classification System and leads you to the specific item on the shelf. To find the call number, use the library catalog. (

Basic Search

Use the Basic Search to look for an item using keyword anywhere or in a specific field (eg. title field or subject field).

To find information about a person, use Basic Search within Subject Browse (select from the drop down menu).

To find information on a topic, you can use your keyword search results to identify library subject headings or you can select the Subject tab and type in a library subject heading.

Subject headings:

  • Activity programs
  • Child development
  • Child psychology
  • Childcare
  • Creative activities
  • Early childhood education
  • Education
  • Infants
  • Play
  • Preschool
  • Preschool children
  • Reading readiness
  • Toddlers

Related subjects (Narrower, Broader and See also):

  • Child care services
  • Children - Books and reading
  • Children - Growth
  • Children - Institutional care
  • Children with disabilities
  • Education, Primary
  • Education, Preschool
  • Kindergarten
  • Motor ability in children
  • School-age child care

To search for a title you have two options: 1. select title from the drop down menu (to search by title keyword) or 2. select title browse from the drop down menu, to search by exact title wording. (Skip the first word of the title if it is an article, e.g. 'a', 'an' or 'the').

To search by author, select the Author tab, then type in the author's last name, first name, e.g. 'VanCleave, Janice Pratt'.

Advanced Search

Advanced Search is used to combine topics, select search fields, and use other limitors to narrow a search.  You may want to search for an item using part of a title and selecting the title field from the drop down menu.  Another option is to search by ISBN.

Examples of combined searches:

Search for: children [all of these], Search in: [Subject]
Search for: games toys [any of these], Search in: [Keyword Anywhere]

Search for: preschool children [as a phrase], Search in: [Keyword Anywhere]
Search for: teaching [all of these], Search in: [Keyword Anywhere]

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2. Reference Books

Basically, there are two kinds of reference books: general resources, which are broad in scope and deal with all fields; and specialized resources, which deal with specific disciplines such as education. The titles cited below are only a representative sample of many specialized reference books that are available in the library.

Specialized Dictionaries

  • APA Dictionary of Psychology REF 150.3 A 2
  • Dictionary of Childhood Health Problems REF 618.92 G 13
  • Facts on File Dictionary of Education REF 370.3 S 1
  • Learning Theories A to Z REF 370.3 L 1

Specialized Encyclopedias

  • Autism Encyclopedia REF 616.85882 A 1
  • Child Development REF 155.4 C 1
  • Encyclopedia of American Education REF 370.973 U 1
  • Encyclopedia of Child Abuse REF 362.76 C 9
  • Encyclopedia of Education REF 370.3 E 2
  • Handbook of Child Psychology REF 155.4 H 1
  • World Education Encyclopedia REF 370.3 W 1

Almanacs and Yearbooks

  • Statistical Abstract of the United States REF 317.3 U 1
  • World Almanac and Book of Facts REF 310 W 1

Handbooks, Manuals, Directories

  • Guide to Your Child's Symptoms: the Official, Complete Home Reference Birth Through Adolescence REF 618.92 G 12
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3. Databases and Indexes - Find Articles

To access databases from the main library page, look for Browse Databases by Name |  by Subject (

  • Encyclopedia Britannica Online The complete Encyclopedia Britannica with related web links.
  • Use Proquest, a database of periodical articles, to find articles about child development. As with the catalog, search under a variety of terms. Use Proquest also for access to the LA Times, USA Today and New York Times.
  • Use SIRS Knowledge Source , a database of both periodicals and government resources. Look under "Government Reporter", Domestic Affairs, Education, or search by government department (eg. Education Department).
  • Periodical Title List ( Find out if the Library has an online or paper subscription to a particular magazine, newspaper, or journal title.
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4. Resources on the World Wide Web

Finding reliable information on the web can be difficult.
Use the ipl2 site ( or see recommended websites below.

Education Digest
Bilingual Education Resources on the Net
Child Welfare Information Gateway
ERIC Educational Resouces Information Center
Gateway to 21st Century Skills
NAEYC National Association for the Education of Young Children
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last updated: 07/15/2011 by M. Laun and P. Johnson revision #4