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Child Development Subject Guide

This guide aims to assist you in navigating research in this area. Here you'll find needed core resources and tips on how to effectively use them.

In-class work: CD 440, 9/19/2022

Background Information Search

Search across the library's reference sources (encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, etc) for background information on your topic:


These sources can be useful for orienting yourself to a new concept or topic, for providing overviews and history of a topic, and for finding additional recommended reading.

Library Databases for Scholarly Studies

Search these databases for scholarly journal articles and research reports on policies, programs educational models, curricula, or interventions.  

Book Search

Use this box to search WorldCat for books and articles in the Meredith library.



Policy Reports-- Think Tank Search

Search for reports about your policy topic in Harvard's Think-Tank Search tool, which searches policy reports from 1,200 thinktanks:

Think-Tank Search Engine

Tips: Finding information on the web

Use Google to locate government publications and reports about the government's early childhood programs, both at the federal and state level.  Put quotation marks around exact program names.

You can specifically search for documents by state by adding the state's name to your search string, or limiting the domain of your search results as shown below.

Example: "Smart Start" North Carolina, or
"Smart Start" site:( OR gov)

You can also limit to government sites by adding site:gov to the end of your search string, or to nonprofit organizations by adding site:org.  You can also limit your results to PDF files, which are often published reports, by adding filetype:pdf.

Example: "Family Infant and Preschool Program" site:gov

Example: TEACCH site:org filetype:pdf

Zotero: Free Citation Management Software.

Zotero is a free tool for managing your references, and creating citations and bibliographies in Microsoft Word.  It involves two components: the Zotero program itself, and a browser add-on for adding items to your Zotero library.

For more information, see our Zotero 101 guide.

Citing Sources in APA Style

These resources are great starting points for using APA style:/p>

For additional citation help, ask for assistance at the library reference desk or the Meredith College Learning Center.