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Early Childhood Research Resources available through NMU Olson Library
Drs. Fran Quinnell, Maya Sen, & Karen Suksi
Library Guide developed by Prof. Mike Strahan

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Overview video of this Early Childhood Library Guide

Click here for library maps. Some of the key call number ranges include:

     BF 712 - 724 Developmental Psychology including Child Psychology
     HQ 767 - 792 Child Development
     LB 1139 - 1140 Early Childhood Education, Preschool Education, Nursery Schools
     LC 3950 - 4806 Exceptional Children & Youth (Special Education)

Sources for Locating Books & Videos

Library Catalog How-to Videos
Books synthesize and distill large bodies of knowledge on a given topic. They are a great starting point
for getting a layout of the field, identifying key concepts, and obtaining references to additional resources.

Since the library catalog is very limited in terms of the amount of information you can obtain about books in the collection, it is often advantageous to browse the collection in a given area. If you visit the library, browse the table of contents and the index of the books themselves. Simply note the call numbers of relevant books you find in your searches.

Other online reference books (encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.)

Child Development (Encyclopedia) (2002) Edited by Neil J. Salkind.
Learning and Memory (Encyclopedia) (2003) 2nd ed. Edited by John H. Byrne

*NEW* STAT!Ref (online Nursing/Medical Books) including dictionaries, DSM-IV-TR, and newborn/pediatrics.

Sources for Locating Journal Articles
When full-text/PDF link is not visible, click on to locate material

PsycINFO How-to Videos | (Uses QuikBib)
An abstract database of psychological literature published 1805–present. Indexes books, journals, theses and dissertations, reports, other secondary publications, and authoritative web pages & online resources. Also includes author profiles from COS Scholar Universe.
Limit to early childhood content by selecting Age (scroll box).

New ERIC (same system as PsycINFO) | (Uses QuikBib)
An abstract database of education literature published 1966–present. Primary database for
scholarly/research material & major trade journal articles. Indexes and provides some full-text ERIC Documents (reports/documents, lesson plans, theses, dissertations, and conference papers), and authoritative web pages & online resources. Also includes author profiles from COS Scholar Universe.

Limit to early childhood content by selecting Education Level (scroll box).

Early Childhood terms (copy & paste into databases search listed below)
prekindergarten or preschool or "early childhood" or kindergarten or "young children" or "child development"

Academic OneFile
Index to articles in over 10,000 scholarly journals and some general periodicals. Contains full-text articles from over 5,000 journal titles. Full text coverage varies widely from title to title.

Health Reference Center Academic
Indexes over 900 scholarly and professional journals (over 700 online full-text) in allied health, nursing, and medicine.

SocAbs (Sociology) | (Uses QuikBib)

Social Services Abstracts | (Uses QuikBib)

Google Scholar
Search for scholarly literature including peer-reviewed papers, technical reports, and books. Google Scholar is also a great tool for finding other articles related to one's you already have. Search for the title of an article you have and click the "Cited by" link to see other articles related to this one.

Journal Publisher Web Sites
The Olson Library subscribes to a number of electronic journals directly from publishers. While these sites contain journals from all fields of study, the following publisher sites contain a variety of journals from the fields of psychology and education. Browse by individual journal titles or search across all journals in the collection. Note that journal subscription coverage varies; the library does not subscribe to all years or every journal indexed on publisher web sites.

           Sage Journals Online
           ScienceDirect Social & Behavioral Sciences

Borrowing Materials From Other Libraries

Interlibrary Loan How-to Videos
Allows you to obtain materials not owned by the Olson Library.  Materials such as books and periodical articles can be borrowed from other libraries.  The average time to receive requested materials is 7-10 days and you will be notified by email when your items arrive.  Consult the above link for further details and to submit a request.

Evaluating Resources

Popular vs. Scholarly Periodicals

Cyberlab: Journal Articles

Research Article vs. Review Article

APA Style

APA Style Guide with New 7/07 Electronic Formats How-to Videos
Examples of how to cite some of the more common types of sources, including web sites and online journal articles, according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th ed., and the 2007 APA Style Guide to Electronic References.  Consult the Manual and 2007 Guide in the Reference Collection, 3rd floor stacks, and Reserve (BF 76.7 P83) for further information or types of sources not listed here.

APA - Citing Tables & Figures

How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography
A site from Cornell University with useful tips and examples of an annotated bibliography.

Locating Reliable / Credible Web Sites

Evaluating Internet Resources

Librarian's Index to the Internet Web sites evaluated by California librarians

INFOMINE Scholarly Internet Resource Collections

USAGov Federal & State government web sites search engine

Locating & Evaluating Professional Associations & Their Web Sites

Google Advanced Search - Limit searches to language, format, update, domain (.org, .edu), etc.

**New** Locating information about professional associations (credible/reliable source)
1. Access Business Insights: Global
2. Click on Advanced Search
3. Change Content Area to Associations
4. Enter topic and search in "Association Name" or "Full Text" to retrieve list.



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