Children's Literature - Jean BoreenFor teachers looking for a student-friendly guide to the library and how research can be accomplished, this could well be the book. Offered in a professional yet friendly tone, this text provides five chapters and five additional resource sections sure to help even the most inexperienced researcher have success. After a first chapter that defines libraries and why they are useful, the author introduces many of the people with whom a reader would interact with at a local library, and then she discusses the general layouts of most libraries. Chapter Three focuses on how to create the perfect research plan, and again, the specificity of examples found in this chapter is excellent. Chapter Four moves the younger reader from the plan to making it happen with, again, a variety of smart suggestions for making research interesting. Finally, Chapter Five focuses on an important problem for many writers, young and old: plagiarism. The chapter offers useful and practical suggestions for evaluating websites and ensuring accuracy in information. A two-page glossary, additional websites and books connected to the topic, along with well-placed pictures, graphs, and references throughout the five chapters successfully complete this book. This is a text that would be a help to elementary and middle school teachers. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
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