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Children's Literature

Getting Started

Not sure where to start?

Have a look at our How To... page for our three part tutorial on getting started with your research. The Starting Your Research tutorial is tailored to your School/Department. 

You will also find guidance on searching Library databases, provided by some of our database providers.


Roehampton has strong collections of materials to support the study of children's literature, both in print and online. These include primary sources, historical and contemporary children's book collections, critical works and commentary, biography and autobiography of children's authors and illustrators and children's literature journals.

Reference, Handbooks & Companions

Specialist databases

Databases are large, searchable collections of academic materials. Some provide access to full-text journal articles, whilst others provide abstract or citation information about journal articles which we may or may not have full-text access to. The content of most databases are linked to 'Search Everything' on UR Library Search, or for more precise and relevant searche you can choose to search the individual databases.

Special Collections & Archives at University of Roehampton Library

The Library also holds a School Experience Collection on the first floor containing a large collection of picture books, young adult titles as well as teaching materials.

Digital Archives and other Research Resources

The Foyle Special Collections and Archives has a selection of digital content from its collections. This includes historical photographs, images of archival material as well as publication fragments (in addition to the Roehampton Digital Collections). The content can be made available to individuals upon request. 

Other major collections catalogues and digitised collections

Library Subject Resources Guides for

English Literature 

Creative Writing


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