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REA 830: Advanced Children's and Young Adult Literature

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WISE Search box

What is WISE and how can I use it?

WISE is the Library's search engine, it searches:

  • Everything we have in the building
  • Everything we pay to have access to online
  • A lot of stuff we don't have, but can get for you through a service called Inter-Library Loan (ILL)


WISE is a user-friendly, all-in-one search tool, but is important to know when to use WISE, and when you may be better served by using the Library's other electronic resources. 

  • Print books and eBooks: WISE is the only place you can search our print book collection.  WISE is also the most convenient place to search our eBook collection.
  • Known items: If you know the exact book, journal, article, DVD, or other item you want, WISE will quickly show you if Westminster College owns or has access to that item.  If that item is not available through Westminster College, WISE provides an easy way to place an ILL request.
  • First-year or intro-level studies: WISE is the most user-friendly, all-in-one search option available and provides an adequate amount of relevant, appropriate sources for basic research needs.
  • Interdisciplinary research: WISE contains materials from all subjects taught on campus. Use WISE when you want Interdisciplinary (from many subjects) resources..

Use the Online Journals and Reference Sources page for:

  • Discipline-specific research: Searching specific databases (e.g., PsycINFO, SciFinder, ScienceDirect, MLA International Bibliography) is a better search strategy for more in-depth, advanced research.These databases allow for tailored search strings and provide citation tools.
  • Other types of electronic sources:
    • Newspapers:  U.S. Major Dailies, NY Times, Nexis Uni
    • Reference: Credo, Oxford, SAGE
    • Discipline-based: Birds of the World, Mergent Online
    • Streaming: Video (Kanopy, Swank) and music (NAXOS)
    • Primary Sources
    • and more!


Get to know some of the highest-quality, most comprehensive databases in the field of education.  

You can search many different peer-reviewed journals in Education Source or ERIC.  If you are interested in just one particular title, you can click "Publications" at the top of the database site, and search for the one you need.

Please contact John Garrison if you have any questions!

Tech tools for you and your students

Here are just a few sites and apps that can help you in and outside of the classroom. There's so much more out there and I encourage you to search the wide world of educational technology!

  • ReadWriteThink: Literacy in Action —Videos of teachers explaining and modeling instructional methods
  • PBS: The Electric Company—Literacy lessons for elementary school
  • Folding Story—One of many collaborative storytelling sites—this one is great for middle schoolers!
  • Book Wizard—This mobile app allows you to scan a book's barcode to quickly get levels for Guided Reading, Lexile® Measure, DRA, or Grade Level. Save and manage your books in lists to quickly find the perfect book for each learner!