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"A Child's Garden of Verses," by Jessie Wilcox Smith, 1905. Public domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons

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Welcome to this page on which we have gathered together resources to help you locate materials dealing with children's literature in general, and with specific children's author's and illustrators.  This page will link you to:

  • Reference works (encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.), both print and electronic, great for gaining background knowledge
  • Books, both print and electronic
  • Journal article databases
  • High quality websites
  • Information on citation and getting materials not accessible at the Gumberg Library.

We hope you will find these resources useful.

Use the tabs across the top of the page to move through this research guide.


Help is Available!

If at any time in your research your need help, click on the Ask a Librarian link on the blue bar at the top of the screen. Or you can contact me, Ted Bergfelt, the creator of this page. Click to Send Email, or phone me at 412.396.5351.

Print Reference Works

Below are listed print reference works dealing with Children's Literature and writers for children. All are Library-Use-Only.

Electronic Reference Works

To use these titles off campus, you will have to enter your Multipass information when you click on a title.

Dictionary of Literary Biography

The Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB) is the standard resource for very detailed biographical articles on writers of all types, in many genres. Each volume is devoted to authors from a particular time, country, or genre. There are well over 200 volumes to the set. The Gumberg Library no longer owns the print version of this valuable reference work, but we can access its contents online through the Literature Resource Center.

Do a search for an author's name in the Literature Resource Center, then go to the "Content Types" menu on the upper right of the screen. Click on "Biographies." DLB content will be found in the resulting list.

Literature Resource Center