Finding children's books and resources on a topic
- The Brantford Public Library has a rich collection of children's novels, picture books, graphic novels, youth videos, teen novels, and non-fiction books for children and teens
- To search for a children's or young adult resource on a topic, type in words that represent your topic and click on the link to audience (on the left side of the page) and select "children" or "teen"
- Further refine your results by clicking on the type of content (fiction or non-fiction) and/or format you need
Activities and worksheets
- Search our Omni catalogue for books of classroom activities
- When searching for books, think in terms of subject areas rather than specific topics
- Use search terms such as: teaching AND activities AND "social studies"
Magazine articles for teachers
- Click on "Databases" on the library home page
- Type "Education Source" and connect to the resource
- Use terms such as "teaching," "activities OR games," "elementary," and a topic such as "environment"
- Refine your results by clicking on "magazines"
- Some teachers' associations include links to resources, lesson plans, and activities
- For example, click on one of the subject associations on the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation website
- Museums often include links to resources, lesson plans, and activities
- To find these resources, add the word "museum" and a topic such as "global warming" to the words "teaching activities"
Choose keywords for scholarly resources
- Write down the different concepts used in this question (“vygotsky” AND “zone of proximal development” AND “children”)
- Think of similar terms for the keywords you use (“children” OR “childhood”)
- TIP: Find additional clues for terms in the titles and abstracts of articles
- Locating the right combination of keywords takes time. You may need to go back and forth, revising the terms as you examine your search results
- View our video tutorial on using keywords effectively
Finding articles about youth and children's studies
- A good place to start is the library catalogue.
- There are also databases for every subject area; they list articles on topics within these areas
- The following databases are interdisciplinary in nature and useful for articles on your topics:
- Depending on your topic, you may want one of our subject specific databases. See for example:
- To find scholarly articles, look for the “peer-reviewed” option in the databases. (What is a peer-reviewed article?)
- Do you already know the title of the article you want? Watch a video tutorial on how to find an article when you know the title
Too many search results?
- If you get too many search results, use narrower search terms (e.g. “twitter” instead of “online social networks”)
- Try adding more concepts to your search (“twitter” AND “youth”). Adding more terms that are linked by “AND” will decrease your number of search results
Too few search results?
- Think in terms of broader categories (“online social networks” rather than “twitter”)
- Add alternate terms for each concept (“online social networks” OR “social media”). Adding more terms that are linked by “OR” will increase your number of search results
- TIP: Look at the bibliographies of the most pertinent books and articles on your topic. One author can lead you to others in the field
- Don’t hesitate to contact me (Pauline Dewan); I am here to help you.
- Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call me at 519 756-8228 ext. 5529
- Drop in for help or make an appointment. My office is in the Digital Library and Learning Commons, on the lower level of Grand River Hall, room 108B
- Instant message a Laurier librarian for help by clicking on “Ask Us” (from the homepage of the Laurier Library)
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