Answered By: Linda Neyer Last Updated: Dec 02, 2015 Views: 39
There are a couple of different strategies you can try.
The first is to limit your search in PILOT (our catalog) by 'Location' to the 'Juvenile Collection'. For instance, you can look for books on animals by searching for the keyword 'animal?' (using the ? to get both singular and plural). Sort the results by 'Publish Date Descending' to see the most recent, and then scan the descriptions for the books (you'll need to click on the title for each) to see how many pages they contain. This is a pretty good indication of level, with 'unpaged' indicating the lowest reading level. You may view short video demonstrating how to do this: http://screencast.com/t/SYIFNMLpA .
Another approach you can try is more precise but takes a little longer. Use the Children's Literature Comprehensive Database here: http://ezproxy.bloomu.edu/login?url=http://clcd.odyssi.com/member/csearch.htm . Enter the term "animal" and then select either Ages or Grade. Since this database does not tell you whether Andruss Library owns the titles, you will need to search for any title that interests you, by title, in PILOT: http://pilot.passhe.edu:8010 .
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