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Children's Literature & Literacy

Discovery Search

Use Discovery Search to find books and articles for your topic. Please note that Discovery searches most MCC Library databases.  You may wish to search some of the individual databases listed in this guide for more narrow and subject specific results.

Research databases

Limit Your Results


Discovery Search, out multidatabase search system can be utilized for all topics; however, you can use the following databases individually as well:

Information about Authors and Books (reviews, interviews)


Literary Analysis

Searching for Reviews and Criticism in Discovery Search

At the Discovery Search screen on the library home page, enter the name of your author or the title of the book you are studying.  If the author is very well known and does not have a common last name (ex: Smith), you can simply enter the last name (ex: Suess).  If not, enter the author name as last name, first name.  For entering the book title, put quotation marks around the title. 

When you are redirected to the search results screen, change the search options to SU Subject Terms.

Now, take a look at the search tools on the left of the screen.  To obtain only literary criticism, click on Source Types and then choose "Academic Journals."

Another option is to add a search term to your search at the top, such as analysis, criticism, or critique.

Finally, you could choose to add search terms that pertain to the subject or issue that you are studying related to the author's works or single work.  (ex: Beatrix Potter and nature). 

Finally, you can select Subjects from the left hand screen that you feel express your topic.  Click on Show More underneath the Subject list in the left of the search results screen and select a subject term that best expresses your unique research topic.

If you cannot find an article that singly discusses the children's book you are studying, expand your search beyond the subject terms because you might find an article or book that discusses many authors or discusses many titles by the author you are studying.