Child Development Subject Guide
guides are designed to help students begin the research process,
find reputable sources, and save time.
the Library Catalog for Books & Other Materials
locate books and other materials in CCSF Libraries, select the Library
Catalog from the Library's Homepage. You will notice
many ways to search, such as Title, Author, Subject, Subject Keyword,
Examples of Subject searches include: Day care centers, Child care, Child Psychology, Child development, Mother and child, Learning, psychology of, Preschool children.
Most of the CCSF campus libraries have also purchased some examples of children's books. Find these by using Subject Keywords search using the words Fiction Juvenile.
include books, sample tests, class notes, and other items that instructors
put at the library for class use. The check out time is shorter
than regular circulating books.
To search for
a book on reserve in the Library
Catalog, select either Reserves
by Course or Reserves by Instructor.
When you have
located the materials, write down the Call Number and Title and
present this to a staff person at the Circulation Desk.
Browsing the Library Collection
in the Library are shelved by call number according to the Library
of Congress classification system. Books are arranged on the
shelves by subject. Relevant areas in the collection to find materials
on children and their development and learning include:
CALL NUMBER RANGE
||HQ 767.9- HQ796; RJ 61- RJ 137 (Pediatrics)
||BF 717 - BF 723
||HQ 734- HQ 796
|Early Childhood Education
||LB 769-LB 1142
|Learning, psychology of
||BF 318; LB 1060- 1091
|Day Care Centers
Key Reference Sources
provide background information and overviews on a given topic. Some
relevant reference books in child development include:
Taublieb, Amy B. A to Z handbook of Child and Adolescent Issues.
Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2000.
REF BF 721 .T38 2000 Rosenberg Reference
Gale Encyclopedia of Childhood and Adolescence.
Detroit: Gale, 1998.
REF HQ 772 .G27 1998 Rosenberg Reference, John Adams Reference, Southeast Reference.
Palfrey, Judith, ed.The Disney Encyclopedia of Baby and Child Care.
New York: Hyperion, 1995.
REF RJ 61 .D58 1995 Rosenberg Reference.
Fass, Paula S., ed. Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood: In History and Society.
New York: Macmillan, 2004.
REF HQ 767.84 E53 2004 Rosenberg Reference
Broule, Gwen J. Growing Up: A Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia.
Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1995.
REF HQ 767.84 .B76 1995 Rosenberg Reference
for Articles in Periodical Databases
group together journal, magazine, and newspaper articles by subject.
They also usually provide abstracts (brief summaries) and the full
text of the articles. Do you need help identifying the differences
journal v. popular magazine articles?
databases are part of the private, passworded Web, so you
will need to have a current CCSF ID card with a barcode to access
those that CCSF subscribes to. You get the free barcode from the
Library either in person or online.
Infotrac is a brand name for several databases with coverage from
1980 to the present. Most useful for child development topics are the InfoTrac
Expanded Academic ASAP, OneFile, and Health Reference Center. A few examples of magazines/journals included are: Child Development, Child Life, Child: Care, Health & Development, Children Today, and Children's Healthcare
CQ provides lengthy research reports written by the editorial staff
of the Congressional Quarterly Co. Many reports related to child development
are offered, such as "Children and Divorce," "Children in Crisis," "Child Care Options," "Childhood Depression" etc.
Provides full text indexing of the Christian Science Monitor,
Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street journal, and
Washington Post -- Time periods vary.
Comprised of newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority
and native press in America, this unique body of materials covers
a wide range of current topics and countless other social, political
and educational subjects. More than 200 publications covering 1995
to the present are represented, and searchable in both English and
SFPL - Electronic
Resources, Magazines, and Newspapers
San Francisco Public Library subscribes to many periodical and reference
databases. You must have a San Francisco Public Library
card number to access them, so even after your complete your City College courses, you can still access online periodical and reference databases using SFPL.
are some examples of good quality web sites for child development.
If you use a search engine, such as Google,
remember to evaluate
the quality of the results.
Child Development Division, Calif. Dept. of Eductaion
From the State of California, this site includes statistics, licensing procedures for child care centers, "PreK Learning and Development Guidelines" and much more.
Child Welfare Leagues of America
Is the oldest and largest non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and ensuring child welfare in America.
Children's Defense Fund
Another important non-profit organization supporting children, especially disadvantaged children.
Early Childhood and Parenting (ECAP) Collaborative
This resource is the home to twelve-plus projects focused on the eduction, care and parenting of young children.
The Future of Children
A resource of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, this website offers research findings and other information.
National Association for the Education of Young Children
The major professional association for child care providers and educators.
A network for childcare resources and referrals. Offers chilcare providers counseling on creating in home daycare centers that meet San Francisco's legal requirements.
First5 San Francisco
Part of the statewide First 5 California movement to assist public agencies, non-profit organizations and parent groups in nurturing early education, pediatric healthcare, systems change and family support.
For additional help you may telephone or go to the Reference Desk at any of the 5 CCSF campus libraries. Librarians welcome your questions and can help you with your research. Call Rosenberg Library, 415-452-5543; Alice Statler Library 415-239-3460; John Adams Library, 415-561-1946; Southeast campus Library 415-550-4353; Downtown campus library 415-267-6513.
and Citing Information Sources
Electronic Reference Service to CCSF students, faculty, staff and
registered community users. Use this service when you are NOT in
a CCSF library.
and Web Research Workshops
FIfty minute workshops are given throughout the semester on effective
methods in searching for books, articles and information on the
Several useful sources for evaluating the quality of web pages, how
to prepare citations for a "Bibliography" or "Works Cited" list, and
how to avoid plagiarism.
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