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Author Studies: Children's and Adolescent Literature  

Use this guide to find high quality information about authors of books for children and young adults.
Last Updated: Jun 25, 2014 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts
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So, you need to do an author study?

Use this guide to find the high quality information resources you need.

The Literature Resource Center from Thompson Gale is a great online database for biographical information, literary criticism, news and book reviews. This resource is available to students, faculty and staff, and is accessible with a student ID number


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To search see which reference sets contain information about your author, try Gale's Literary Index, which will tell you which volumes and page numbers to consult. Print out your results and bring them to the reference desk for help finding these resources.
Kay E. Vandergrift maintains and excellent webpage with links to Author and Illustrator webpages.

The Library Catalog is always a good place to start for both print and online resources.  To search for information about your author, try a subject search using your author's last name first.

Example: Sendak, Maurice

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Looking for books by your author?  Try a author search using your author's last name first.

To find a complete list (bibliography) of books written by your author, try Novelist K-8 Plus, or Novelist Plus.  These databases are also good sources for book reviews.

Need to know what literary awards your author has won?  Try the Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature (DAWCL).

If you are looking for a video of your author talking about his or her work, Google Video Search is a good bet.  Hunter Library also has videos of authors.  Remember to search for your author with the last name first.

Example: Sendak, Maurice

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