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Library DIY: Finding Books and Articles

How do I find a children's or young adult book?

McGill Library has a lot of books for children and young adults, including picture books, chapter books, and non-fiction books but they can be difficult to find.

For example, if you were looking for a children's book about Martin Luther King, Jr and you typed "Martin Luther King" into WISE, you would get thousands of results including academic articles and books, biographies, news and magazine articles, and children's books.  Finding a children's book within all of those academic resources is hard! 

Try this instead: Add “b8:juvenile” or “b8:young adult” , or "b8:picture" to the end of your search. This will return only books that have the word after b8: in the "location" line of the record.


When you search "Martin Luther King b8:juvenile" you get 34 books that are specifically geared toward children:


screen shot showing search term Martin Luther King b8:juvenile