Purpose: To acquaint you with materials in Cornette Library and on the World Wide Web that will make research for your assignment easier.
- Excellent place to start research.
- Provide background information.
- Include basic information sources like dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, chronologies, and research guides.
- Illustrators of Children's Books
- NC 965 M59 Ref.
- Biographical and bibliographical information on a number of children's authors. Articles on the art of illustrating children's books.
- Sixth Book of Junior Authors and Illustrators
- PN 1009 .A1 S3936 1989 Ref.
- One in a series of books with biographical information, pictures, and signatures of a variety of children's authors and illustrators.
- Black Authors and Illustrators of Books for Children and Young Adults
- PN 1009 .A1 R63 1999 Ref.
- Brief biographical information on African-American authors and illustrators. Includes bibliographical information of each author/illustrator's works.
- Children's Book Illustration and Design
- NC 965 .C43 1992 Ref.
- Brief biographical information and typical illustrations of over one hundred illustrators of children's books
- Newbery and Caldecott Medal Books, 1986-2000
- Z 1037 .A2 N492 2001 Ref.
- Reviews of the medal-winning titles, with the winner's acceptance speech, and some biographical information. This is the latest volume in a series covering the award winners since the inception of the awards by the American Library Association.
- The Coretta Scott King Awards, 1970-2004
- Z 1037 .A2 C67 2004 Ref.
- Brief information about the award winning titles and the honor titles for authors and for illustrators. Biographical information on selected individuals. Selected illustrations from award-winning titles.
- Something About the Author
- PN 451 .S6 Ref.
- Over 180 volumes. Biographical information on authors and illustrators.
- Cornette Library's Online Catalog
- Includes books, government documents, videos, journal titles, etc. available throughout the Library. Suggested searches include:
- a keyword search for your subject, such as birds picture or picture books.
- the general LC subject heading Birds or picture books.
- limit your search to items located in the Instructional Resource Center or Youth Shelves.
To determine the most appropriate subject headings for your search, refer to the red Library of Congress Subject Headings near the Reference computers in the Library or search the online Library of Congress Authorities Catalog.
Provide current information
- Library shelves contain more than 1500 bound and current journals.
- Microform (film or fiche) available for dozens of leading newspapers, as well as other periodicals.
- Databases index articles found in journals and magazines.
- Citation only;
- Citation and a short summary of the article (abstract);
- Full text;
- General, covering many kinds of topics, and specialized, for specific disciplines.
- For this assignment be sure to use scholarly sources, not general interest magazines. The differences are important, for citation and for evaluating reliability.
How to Access Databases
- On-campus: In the library or HELC.
- Off-campus: Login with your Buff Advisor username (for example, js123456) and your Buff Advisor password (for example, buffaloes).
- Database citations not in full-text may be located in Cornette Library's online catalog, or the list of online journals.
- Use Interlibrary Loan to request articles inaccessible through Cornette library. Allow up to 3 weeks for articles to arrive.
- ERIC (Ebsco)
- ERIC through the vendor Ebsco. Links to full-text either through other Ebsco databases or through other resources, including the Library's online catalog. Limit to articles so do not receive ERIC documents.
- ERIC (FirstSearch)
- ERIC through the vendor OCLC/FirstSearch. Links to full-text through other resources including the Library's online catalog. Limit to article document type so do not receive ERIC documents.
- ERIC (U.S. Department of Education)
- ERIC through the U. S. Department of Education. Free access. Can limit to see only journal articles. Must check Library's online catalog and/or Journals List to see if the Library holds a specific title.
Art History and Criticism Databases
- Excellent full-text source of scholarly articles. Searches entire article text. Use artist's name, title, of work, and history or criticism as an initial search.
- Academic Search Complete
- Cross-disciplinary database. Results include newspapers, general interest magazines, special interest magazines, and scholarly journals. Use SFX link if full-text is not provided in this source.
- Displays in most of our databases. Links from a citation to one or more of the following:
- One or more links to full-text of the cited article,
- A link to a pre-set search of the Cornette Library catalog for the cited item,
- A link to a pre-filled Interlibrary Loan request form for the article, or
- A link to various help options.
- For more information see the tutorial Using SFX to Link to Articles
- Ask at the Reference Desk (first floor) or Periodicals Desk (second floor).
- Call 651-2215 during the hours Cornette Library is open.
- Use the "Ask A Librarian" form for electronic reference support.
These major museums have rich sources of art images and art education materials:
- Smithsonian American Art Museum
- Special features include "Ask Joan of Art". The education resources at "America's Attic" includes extensive classroom activities and resources.
- Art Institute of Chicago
- Search site by theme or time period. Education resources include teacher and online material.
- Getty Museum
- View information about exhibitions at the Getty. Education resources include lesson plans and games.
- Lesson plans, art activities, toolbox, etc.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Sign-up for an "artwork of the day" feed. The education resources from the Met include both images and materials for teachers.
- Children's literature and illustrations
- The Kerlan Collection provides extensive research about children's literature, and the de Grummond has digitized original material.
- Educator's Reference Desk
- Includes resource guides, lesson plans, and question archives from the original ERIC material.
- The Teachers section includes lesson plans, teaching strategies, timesaving techniques, clip art, and much more.
- Funbrain.com - Teachers' Lounge
- Standards finder locates activities for specified topic and grade level. Uses the McREL standards.
Why must I cite the sources I use for research projects?
- To give credit to the author of the information you use.
- To avoid plagiarism (WTAMU Code of Student Life: Appendix I-Academic Integrity Code)
a serious offense that can result in failure or expulsion.
- So that others can verify the information.
- To assist others in doing their own research.
- Mr. McSwain requires you to use your choice of Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th. ed.)., MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, or the 7th ed. of Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations.
- A copy of each of these citation manuals is located at the Reference Desk.
- Additional assistance is available from our Citation Basics web page.
- Suggestions for improvements?
- Particularly helpful items?
- Please email Linda Chenoweth.