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Writing for Children and Young Adults: Search: HamCAT

HamCAT: Find Background Information / Reference

To find background information, do a search, then filter by...
Resource Type > Reference Entries

Usually general encyclopedias, like Encyclopedia Britannica, come up first.  But then, you'll usually see a variety of more scholarly and subject-specific encyclopedias that provide different contexts for your topic.

For example, a search a on children's stories Includes these results:

  • Sage Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood Studies
  • Oxford Companion to Children's Literature

Articles in special encyclopedias that are especially valuable when starting a research project include:

  • history
  • overview
  • major theories 
  • major scholars
  • bibliography of selected/recommended items.


HamCAT scoped to Children's Literature

Search Hamline's Children's collection

HamCAT Books

To find books, do a search, then filter by... 
Resource Type >  Books

To limit the books to those shelved at Hamline, add the filter...
Show Only >  Available at Hamline

To limit the books to eBooks, add the filter...
Show Only > Available online at Hamline

HamCAT Articles

To find articles, do a search, then filter by... 
Resource Type >  Articles

To limit the articles to Scholarly/Peer review, add the filter...
Show Only > Peer Reviewed Journals

To limit the articles to those that are Full Text online, use the Peer Reviewed Journals filter, then add the filter... 
Show Only > Available online at Hamline

Off-campus Access: If you're off-campus when you click on the database, you'll need to login with your Hamline username and password.  More information.