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Children's and Young Adult Literature (Education): Researching Children's Literature

Finding YA Literature and Picture Books in the Catalogue

The Fisher Curriculum collection includes most of the children's and young adult literature held by the Library. The collection is located on Level 5 of Fisher Library.  You can browse in person, or limit your keyword search to this collection in the Advanced Search (the library catalogue). The collection includes fiction - popular and literary, poetry, non-fiction, picture books and a growing collection of graphic and manga books and novels. Big books are also available and these are located with posters. Both the Fisher and the Curriculum collection will also include many books that critically evaluate and discuss the books and authors you are researching.

You can browse the collection by the following call numbers ...

813.5 US authors of the twentieth century

813.6 US authors who started writing in the twenty-first century

823.9 Australian and British authors of the twentieth century (Australian authors have the prefix A before the call number and are filed separately)

823.92 Australian and British authors of the twenty-first century

821.08 Poetry (anthologies available at this location in Fisher Curriculum)

You can also search by subject. Some useful subject headings include:  

Children's Stories 

Readers (Primary)

Picture books for children

Young adult fiction

Juvenile fiction

Children's literature -- Australia

Fantasy fiction 

Science fiction

Teenagers -- books and reading

You can use the filters on the left of the screen in Advanced Search to limit your search to Location: Curriculum

You can also limit by date and by Material type e.g. Books when using Advanced Search

Sample search 1:

Search for romance "young adult fiction" Select Material type: Books and start date 1.1.2013 

from filtering options on the left limit by location: Curriculum 

Sample search 2:

Search by subject: Children's stories add an additional keyword to the search and (from options on left) to location: Curriculum 

Sample search 3:

Do a Subject search for Action and adventure fiction books in the Curriculum collection


 Use the Pin icon to keep a record of your favourite books and authors! 

Library databases

The following Library Databases index the literature in education, search the following databases by keyword to find academic journal articles, book reviews, chapters from books and more....

Other Library Guides to Children's literature

Kanopy Video Streaming Database

Guides to Children's Literature

Click on Children's literature to search for books on the topic of children's literature.

See below, some of the guides to children's literature in the Fisher and Curriculum collections: