Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

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The Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD), an Internet based acquisition, research, and reference service, offers 2,000,000 MARC records and 450,000 reviews of children's books, multimedia, audio books, etc, from 38 sources including--The ALAN Review, Booklist, Books for Keeps, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, CCBC Choices, The Five Owls, The Horn Book Magazine-Audio Review, Horn Book Guide, Inis, Library Media Connections, KIRKUS Reviews, KLIATT, Midwest Book Review, Resource Links, and VOYA. There are over 650,000 entries identifying national, state and international awards back to the first Newbery in 1922 and more than 100 best books lists plus all state reading lists which are updated annually. Also included are 75,000 jacket images and 250,000 and author illustrator links. Subscribers can search for specific titles, authors, subjects and see the associated reviews, prepare annotated lists/bibliographies, and locate and download MARC records. Lesson plans, teaching guides, discussion guides and Reading Measurement Programs are also available. Searches can be limited to professional material versus that target to the preK to grade 12 audience. It is full text searchable but delimiters can be added to refine searches to specific ages, interest levels, languages, etc. According to a recent review in School Library Journal "This database was tested with preservice teachers and librarians who wanted to see specific search capabilities. Teachers wanted to add multiple search boxes for additional terms (such as an advanced search option), while librarians desired the option to "select all" from the results page rather than individually select each title (especially for longer lists). However, both groups agreed that the search results offered a lengthy list of content that might not be found in other databases. The ability to quickly locate reviews from various professional journals, as well as having the reading and interest levels of books both searchable and accessible to the school's online catalog were a big plus. As more upgrades are made to address searching and selecting capabilities, it's certain that CLCD will find a home in many libraries serving children and young adults. In the meantime, for providing users with a great deal of information both before and after we actually accessed the database, CLCD deserves a solid A."

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