EDUC 334: Literature and Language Arts (McNeese, Fall 2015)

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Note: This guide emphasizes resources available at the Tarver Library on Mercer's Macon campus to assist you with assignments.  If you need more in-depth help, check out the additional resources available on the Education Subject Librarian page that provides information for the Swilley (Atlanta) and Tarver (Macon) staff and resources.  Disclaimer:  the screen shots in this guide are for illustrative purposes only, you cannot click on images or links.

Required reading/viewing

One of your assignments is to read a collection of children's books.  Listed below are titles available from Tarver that have been placed on 1-week reserve for your class.  You will need your Bear Card to check out these items, and you are limited to three Reserve items at one time.  Other copies may be available in the Juvenile Literature collection at Tarver or requested from another Mercer University Library collection.   If the item you need is at another location, view this guide on locating and requesting items.  Note:  the new Discovery layer in the catalog may be a bit confusing at first.  Please ask for help at the Ask Jack (Reference) or Circulation Desk if you have any problems locating additional copies of the books.

Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers (available in print and audiobook)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe
Five Little Ducks by Raffi
The Wheels on the Bus by Maryann Kovalski
Too Much Noise by Ann McGovern and Simms Taback
Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss

Mary Poppins (DVD)
this item is not on course reserve but is available in the DVD collection on the main floor

Author study

You will need to use a variety of print and electronic resources to find biographical information on your selected author. A new reference book, Oxford Companion to Children's Literature may be very helpful.

This site provides suggestions.  Remember, to find books about an author, search by subject and to find books by an author, search by author in the library catalog. 

  • For example, to read books about Beatrix Potter you need to search Potter Beatrix as a subject using the catalog search from the library website:

  • Switch to searching by author to find other books by Beatrix Potter.

  • Pay close attention to the location for the titles, since you will find items in the catalog available at all Mercer University locations.
  • Some catalog entries include enhanced records that include summaries and author notes:

Several databases will also assist you in finding articles and profiles of authors.

Literature Resource Center (Gale)  This new resource provides full-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines in addition to critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, and biographies to provide a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements.  

  • Begin by searching for an author or title in the basic search box, and the search assistant will suggest search terms:

  • selecting the suggested option for Indian in the Cupboard (novel) produces a refined search:

  • Limiters are available on the left-hand side of the screen:

  • You can also do a person search in this resource:


  • The results page includes options for listening to some sources as well as options for e-mailing and printing:

  • Another nice feature of the database is that you can select to format the citation in APA-format when you select the e-mail option:

Literature Online (ProQuest)An online resource for the study and teaching of literature in English, this resource combines the texts of over 355,000 literary works with a vast library of key criticism and reference resources.

Literary Reference Center — includes more than 10,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews; articles of literary criticism; author biographies; full text of over 300 literary journals; book reviews; 25,000 classic and contemporary poems; 11,000 classic and contemporary short stories; full text of over 7,500 classic novels; author interviews; and over 1,000 images of key literary figures.

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database — offers more than 260,000 reviews of thousands of books for children and young adults. The CLCD includes Teaching Tools--which shows links to hundreds of web sites with lesson plans and teaching guides.  There are lists of award-winning books and links to book award and authors' web sites.   The quickest way to use this resource for your author is to search by the title of the book and scroll down to find detailed information.  For example:  a search for the title The Indian in the Cupboard that provides a link to the author's web site:

APA citation style

There are hundreds of different style manuals, and this guide begins to explain why there are so many different types.  Created and maintained by the American Psychological Association, the APA style manual is used by many social sciences because it is well suited to quantitative studies and analysis.  Learning this standardized format of citations used by fellow researchers is another benefit of membership within the academic community.

If you have not used this citation manual before, it can be confusing.  The following guides and tutorials are a sample of the resources available to help you learn your style manual.  The more you use the style, the more comfortable you will become, but it will take time!  Tarver Library has two copies of the printed APA style manual available for a three-hour library use checkout from the Circulation Desk.

  • Purdue OWL: APA Formatting and Style Guide
    The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University is one of the most used resources on using the APA citation style.  Links on the left margin lead you to specific information on Reference lists, in-text citations, and formatting.  You may find it helpful to look at their sample paper as you work on your own.  This paper may also be downloaded as a PDF document.
  • The Writer's Handbook: APA Documentation Guide
    The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin - Madison created this guide.  Links on the right margin lead to specific information parenthetical citations, Reference lists, format and heading, and usage and style.  The Writing Center also provides this PDF handout on common APA guidelines.
  • The Basics of APA Style
    The American Psychological Association created this tutorial for those with no previous knowledge in using the style manual.  You will need to click on a link within this URL to start the tutorial.  This page also provides links to quick answers on References and formatting.

Tips, tricks, and reminders

You are not in this alone!  Tips on using the catalog to search the Tarver Juvenile Literature collection are available.  Sources in the Curriculum Materials Collection (CMC) may also be helpful, including study guides for specific titles. 

Remember to login to the website, especially if you are using the resources outside the library.  Why?  Logging in authenticates you against the library's proxy server and authorizes you as a user.  Why do you care?  If you take the time to login before you search, you should not have to stop again to enter a password or your Mercer University ID (MUID).  You will use the same login and password to access My Mercer.

Additional assistance is provided through the Academic Resource Center, especially these services targeted at traditional Macon undergraduate students.

Your professor is an expert on the subject matter.  Tarver Librarians are available to help you locate and interpret sources needed to complete your assignments, including: