Child Development

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Finding Materials in the Library

Search CityCat to find books, e-books, disks and more. There are many ways to search, such as Title, Author and Keyword.

Books in the library are organized by call number according to the Library of Congress classification system which groups items by subject, so you can often simply browse the shelves. Here are some relevant subjects and their call numbers:

Child Development   HQ 767.9-HQ 796; RJ 61-RJ 137 (Pediatrics)
Child Psychology   BF 717-BF 723
Child Rearing   HQ 734-HQ 796 
Early Childhood Education   LB 769-LB 1142
Learning, Psychology of   BF 318; LB 1060-1091
Preschool Children   HQ 774.5
Day Care Centers   HQ 778  

Reference Sources

Reference books are great for short overviews and background information. There are also reference resources in our database section.


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Web Sites

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