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Welcome to the DCTC Library's Early Childhood & Youth Development subject guide. On this page you will find general information about the Library and the research and writing process, plus helpful career and exam preparation resources.

The 2nd page has information about the resources in our library and how to find them using our catalog.

The 3rd and 4th pages are gateways to the Library's best online resources and web sites for the Early Childhood & Youth Development program (divided into child development and early childhood education), including some tutorials for these resources.

Let's get started!

Evaluating information

Not everything you read online is true. Shocking, I know. Have you ever heard of the CRAAP test? A librarian developed this handy acronym to help you remember these things when evaluating information.

Currency: is this the most up-to-date information on my topic?
Relevance: does this information relate to my topic?
Authority: is the author qualified to write about this subject?
Accuracy: has this information been fact-checked?
Purpose: is this information objective, or is it biased?

Here are some useful guides to help you evaluate information you find on the web:

Writing help

The Center for Student Success offers tutoring to all DCTC students, including help with writing your paper and citing your sources. You can schedule an appointment by calling 651-423-8420 or visiting room 2-101.

LearningExpress Library

LearningExpress Library

LearningExpress Library is an outstanding resource for academic and career development with hundreds of online tutorials, practice tests, and ebooks.

The Career Preparation center includes practice for the Praxis II Early Childhood PLT exam and two practice tests for the Praxis II Early Childhood: Content Knowledge exam. You'll also find ebooks to help you with your job search, interviewing, networking, and workplace skills.

Citing sources

There are different styles for citing the sources you use in your assignments. Your instructor will let you know whether to use APA, Chicago, MLA, or some other style. Here are some introductory guides to these styles from the Purdue Online Writing Lab:

Our catalog and databases provide citations for the books, videos, and articles you find in them. Just look for a link that says Cite or Citation, then select the appropriate style. It's easy to copy and paste citations into your bibliography!

Avoiding plagiarism

"Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials."

This definition of plagiarism comes from page 1 of DCTC's Student Code of Conduct. See how easy that was?

Citing your sources is an essential step in the research process. This allows others to verify your information and gives credit to previous researchers and writers for their hard work.

Catalog

Use our catalog, OneSearch, to find the books and videos on our shelves, plus ebooks and streaming videos.

 

 

The best way to begin your search is to enter one or two keywords on your topic. To narrow your results, use the Modify My Results options on the left side of the screen. You can also click on a relevant title and click on one of its subject headings to focus your search on that particular topic.

Please ask a librarian if you need help locating anything you find in our catalog.

If we don't have the book, video, or article you're looking for, you can request it via interlibrary loan (ILL) and it will come to you. It's easy! E-mail library@dctc.edu to let us know what you're looking for and we'll do the rest.

Books

We have hundreds of books about early childhood and child development in our collection. Most of these are in the Main LB1139 - LB1140 call number range, if you'd like to browse our shelves.

 

 

 

We're also very proud of our Juvenile collection of nearly one thousand children's books, perfect for storytime.

 

 
Course resources

Behind the circulation desk we have our Course Resources collection. These are books and videos that instructors have asked us to reserve for certain classes. Books for Early Childhood & Youth Development courses include Understanding Child Development: for Adults Who Work with Young Children, Guiding Children's Social Development and Learning, Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Curriculum and Development in Early Education, and Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs. Books on reserve must be used in the Library, except with permission from your instructor to check them out overnight. Ask a librarian if you're looking for one of these.

APA PsycArticles

APA PsycArticles

APA PsycArticles features full-text articles from more than 100 peer-reviewed psychology journals, which cover topics such as communication, relationships, and more.

Searching APA Databases tutorial

Gale OneFile: Psychology

Gale OneFile: Psychology

Gale OneFile: Psychology offers 4.1 million articles in all fields of psychology, covering topics such as communication, relationships, and more.

Video tutorials for Gale OneFile: Psychology

Films On Demand

Films On Demand

Films On Demand features more than 350 streaming videos on child and adolescent development.

Articles

There are millions of full-text articles in our EBSCO, Gale, and ProQuest databases. The best way to begin your search is to enter one or two keywords on your topic. Each database is different, but there will be ways to limit and focus your results so that you find the most relevant and useful articles available.

 

EBSCO Our EBSCO databases are an excellent place to start your search for magazine and journal articles. These databases include ERIC and Professional Development Collection, which cover early childhood education and APA PsycArticles, which covers developmental psychology.
 
Gale Our Gale databases are another great place to find magazine and journal articles. These databases include Gale OneFile: Educator's Reference Complete, which covers preschool education and Gale OneFile: Psychology, which covers developmental psychology.
 
ProQuestSearch hundreds of U.S. newspapers, newswires, and news sites with ProQuest U.S. Newsstream.
 
Google Scholar Search and explore scholarly literature with Google Scholar. Some citations include links to full-text content.
 

 

Please visit the Library or e-mail library@dctc.edu if you have any questions about our online resources or if you'd like help finding articles on your topic.​

Gale OneFile: Educator's Reference Complete
Gale OneFile: Educator's Reference Complete
 

Gale OneFile: Educator's Reference Complete offers articles from more than 1,100 periodicals covering levels of education from preschool to college and topics such as technology, bilingual education, health education, testing, administration, funding, and policy.

Video tutorials for Gale OneFile: Educator's Reference Complete

ERIC

ERIC

ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, includes more than 1.6 million records and 750,000 full-text documents dating back to 1966.

ERIC Database - Frequently Asked Questions

Professional Development Collection

Professional Development Collection

Professional Development Collection offers full-text articles and reports for educators and education researchers.

Films On Demand

Films On Demand

Films On Demand features nearly 300 streaming videos on early childhood education.

Articles

There are millions of full-text articles in our EBSCO, Gale, and ProQuest databases. The best way to begin your search is to enter one or two keywords on your topic. Each database is different, but there will be ways to limit and focus your results so that you find the most relevant and useful articles available.

 

EBSCO Our EBSCO databases are an excellent place to start your search for magazine and journal articles. These databases include ERIC and Professional Development Collection, which cover early childhood education and APA PsycArticles, which covers developmental psychology.
 
Gale Our Gale databases are another great place to find magazine and journal articles. These databases include Gale OneFile: Educator's Reference Complete, which covers preschool education and Gale OneFile: Psychology, which covers developmental psychology.
 
ProQuestSearch hundreds of U.S. newspapers, newswires, and news sites with ProQuest U.S. Newsstream.
 
Google Scholar Search and explore scholarly literature with Google Scholar. Some citations include links to full-text content.
 

 

Please visit the Library or e-mail library@dctc.edu if you have any questions about our online resources or if you'd like help finding articles on your topic.​

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open Educational Resources (OER) are free and openly-licensed teaching materials. These materials are easy for educators to integrate with their existing courses and reduce costs for students.

The University of Minnesota's Open Textbook Library is an example of OER. This is a collection of nearly 800 textbooks on a wide variety of subjects, freely available online to view or download. Educators can even adapt a textbook for their own needs, whether that's removing chapters or adding their own content. For those who prefer print, professionally printed copies are available at a fraction of the cost of most textbooks.

Lumen Learning is another example of OER. These are whole courses including textbooks, assignments, quizzes, interactive practice, videos, and more. Lumen Learning courses are free, online, mobile-friendly, adaptable, modular, and easy to integrate within D2L Brightspace (including grading).

Open textbooks - child development

Here are some of the child development textbooks you'll find in the Open Textbook Library:

 

Child Growth and DevelopmentChild Growth and Development
Jennifer Paris, Antoinette Ricardo, Dawn Rymond, and Alexa Johnson, 2019

 
OER course content

Child and Adolescent PsychologyChild and Adolescent Psychology
This Lumen Learning Course covers child and adolescent psychology in six modules.

 

Child DevelopmentChild Development
This Lumen Learning Course covers child development in 14 modules.

 

Foundations of EducationFoundations of Education
This Lumen Learning Course outlines a 15-week education curriculum, covering Early Childhood Education and Pre-K.

 
Open textbooks - early childhood education

Here are some of the early childhood education textbooks you'll find in the Open Textbook Library and LibreTexts:

 

The ELC: An Early Childhood Learning Community at WorkThe ELC: An Early Childhood Learning Community at Work
Heather Bridge, Lorraine Melita, and Patricia Roiger, 2020

 

Safety, Health, and Nutrition in Early Childhood EducationSafety, Health, and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education
Jennifer Paris, 2018

 

Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood EducationObservation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education
Gina Peterson and Emily Elam, 2021

 

Introduction to Curriculum for Early Childhood EducationIntroduction to Curriculum for Early Childhood Education
Jennifer Paris, Kristin Beeve, and Clint Springer, 2019

 

The Role of Equity and Diversity in Early Childhood EducationThe Role of Equity and Diversity in Early Childhood Education
Krischa Esquivel, Emily Elam, Jennifer Paris, and Maricela Tafoya, 2021