Answered By: Heather Beirne
Last Updated: Oct 10, 2016     Views: 38

Children's and young adult biographies are intermingled with the youth nonfiction section (call numbers beginning with Y#) in the Learning Resources Center.  Unfortunately, there is no longer a youth biography (YB) section in the LRC.

1. In order to find a biography which is appropriate for children or young adults, it is recommended that you try searching for a person or related topic of interest in the library catalog at library.eku.edu (such as Abraham Lincoln, below, or Civil War, for example):  

 

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2.  Then, on the lefthand side of your search results, be sure to select Learning Resources Center as your limiter:

 

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3.  Then, in your search, look for nonfiction books (be aware that there may be fictionalized semi-biographical treatments of your person or topic which don't quite qualify as nonfiction or biography).  All biographies will be found in the Youth Nonfiction (Y# call numbers).  You can largely ignore any call numbers that start with YE or YF when looking for biographies.  For example, this is a youth biography:

 

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These are not (note that the second one below has a Y# call number.  However, it is an illustrated copy of the Gettysburg Address, not a book about Lincoln himself.  You will have to think critically about what you know about biographies.: 

 

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If you are not sure if something counts as a biography, you can always check out the book's record under Description to see if "Biography" is listed among the subjects:

 

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If you are just not sure what kind of biography you are interested in searching for, you can try a keyword search for biography and limit to Learning Resources Center.

If you are having trouble finding what you need, please don't hesitate to contact your Education Librarians, heather.beirne@eku.edu or cindy.judd@eku.edu.