When looking for children's and teen books on specific topics, it's best to think topically. Library search tools and databases are configured to function and communicate via individual words or phrases that have been indexed.
For example, let's say you are looking for children's picture books on death, loss, or grief for a lesson plan.
Starting with Murphy Library's main search box, do not type something like this "children's books on death, loss, or grief" because the results will not be accurate.
One way to find them in a few steps:
- Type in specific words like death or bereavement or separation or grief in the main search box.
- Before clicking on "search", change the drop down menu to UWL Books & Media (catalog)
3. Notice there are over 30,000 results. You'll want to filter these results down to only children's books in the Curriculum Center. To do this, use the options on the left side of the screen. Scroll down until you find Locations. Choose Curriculum Center. This will bring the results down to approximately slightly over 400 items.
3. Next, you'll have to choose an item, click on the title and read the record to confirm a few things:
- Is it available?
- Look at the call #. It will tell you what kind of book it is:
- Picture book (the call # starts with a capital E followed by the first three letters of the author's last name) for example: E Ste
- Teen fiction (the call # is just three letters (the first three of the author's last name) example: Tho
- Informational (the call # is made up of three numbers and three letters) example: 155.2 Mon
- A book for teachers (the location says Curriculum Professional and the call # starts with PROF) PROF 372.5
For more general information about the location, space and organization of the the Curriculum Center, click here.
You can always contact the Curriculum Librarian for more assistance: email Teri at email@example.com.