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Young Adult Literature

This guide was created for ENG 372 (Young Adult Literature) offered by the Department of English at Southern Connecticut State University.

Finding Books

Use SouthernSearch to locate information in our library. SouthernSearch provides simple, one-stop searching for books and e-books, videos, articles, digital media, and more.

Enter your search terms in the search box provided and click on "Search". The default is to search "Everything at SCSU." You can click on the down arrow next to "Everything at SCSU" for other choices such as SCSU Catalog and Collections, Articles and e-books, Course Reserves, and CT State Colleges and Universities.

When searching by keyword use "and" to combine your search terms for more precise results.
Example: young adult literature and themes
You can combine as many terms as you wish using "and" but the more terms you use the less results you will get.

More Search Examples: "Young adult literature and war and fiction" to find stories relating to war and young adult literature

"Young adult literature and war and non-fiction" to find non-fiction literature dealing with war and young adults

"Young Adult literature and interpersonal relationships"


Use "or" to expand or broaden your search. "Or" is generally used with synonyms.
Young adult literature or young adult fiction

You can combine as many terms as you wish using "or" and the more terms you combine the greater your results will be.

Use Advanced Search for more search options to limit or focus your search.

Advanced Search allows you to search by Author, Title, Subject, ISBN.

To find books by an author, select "Author" from the pull-down menu and enter the author's last name first followed by the first name.
Example: L'Engle, Madeline

Refer to screenshots below for help with finding books.

Advanced Search Screen

Search Results Screen

Below is a screen shot of the search results screen. On the left panel, you can filter your search by date, by relevance, by peer-reviewed journals, full-text articles, books, book chapters, audio visual, etc. On the right panel you see the search results. Each record has the format type above the record (article, review, book, etc.). If the full-text is available you can access it by clicking on the link. Please note that you will need to login with your username and password to access full text from off-campus. You can also mark, print, email, download and cite results.


Scanners are available on the first and ground floors. Users can scan to their email or their flash drive for free. You cannot print from the scanners. There are 3 printers on the main floor that allow you to scan, copy and print. One is located in the front lobby; one is located at the IT Help desk and the third is near the reference stacks. Printing is 5 cents for single side black and white and 8 cents for double-side. Color printing is 25 cents for single side and 40 cents for double side.

Hoot Loot card holders can add to their account from the Card Value Center in Buley Library which is located opposite the Check-out counter on the main floor.