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Early Childhood Education: Reference Sources

This guide provides tips and information on many different resources available for Early Childhood Education students.

Using Reference Sources

Reference sources such as specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks are good places to begin research on a topic.  Articles and entries in these publications often are written by scholars in the field.  Encyclopedia articles can provide:

  • background information
  • topic overviews
  • basic facts about a topic
  • definitions and related terms
  • lists of additional sources and recommended readings.

Reference Databases

Reference Titles for Children's Literature Authors and Book Reviews

These are the few of the reference books that provide information on children's authors and illustrators. You can locate these books in the library by searching the library's Discovery Search.