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Literature for Young Adults

This guide will help you find resources when doing research on YA and children's literature.

About this Guide

About this Guide

Start your research by reviewing a few Search Tips and how to Identify Keywords. Then look for resources such as:

  Find Articles

Articles from journals, magazines, and major newspapers (all periodicals) are sources for information on young adult literature and recent studies concerning YA. These can be found by accessing the subscription library databases. You can also search the online availability of a particular periodical--such as VOYA: Voice of Youth Advocates (pictured).  


  Find Books

You can find a varied selection of print and online books on young adult literature by typing in keywords about your topic in Central Search. Books can provide detailed background and in-depth historical information about any given topic--like Representing the Rainbow in Young Adult Literature: LGBTQ+ Content Since 1969 (pictured). Reference books in particular include encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks. Go to these for definitions, shorter explanations, quick historical and biographical sketches. Add the word 'reference' to your search to find them.


Find Internet Sources

The internet can provide a wealth of good information, especially from government sources and professional organizations. Always be sure to evaluate what you find on the internet for quality and accuracy. If you're not sure how to evaluate your sources this way, don't be afraid to ask a librarian! Check out the "Contact..." box to the left to e-mail, chat online, or text us.


Other helpful pages include tips on how to Evaluate and Cite Your Sources using MLA, and how to Get Help.

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