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Subject guide for Children’s Literature and Media

On this page, you will find a selection of resources concerning children’s literature and media. You are welcome to contact us in case you need any help or if you have suggestions for additional information on the page

Reference works

  • Keywords for Children’s Literature
  • Historical Dictionary of Children's Literature
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature
  • The Routledge Companion to Picturebooks
  • Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism
    The Encyclopedia is a central resource of literary theory and discourse. It includes more than 300 entries on critics, theorists, critical schools, and movements within literary theory, aesthetics, philosophy, cultural studies etc.
  • Kindlers Literatur Lexicon
    The classic German lexicon on world literature. Enables search by author, publication, and literary information.
  • The Literary Encyclopedia
    International Encyclopedia on authors, publications, and topics in world literature. The content is also arranged by its historical context, which enables search within historical topics and events. Continuously updated.
  • Literature Online
    This work includes an Encyclopedia on world literature, a text archive with classic fiction in English, access to the bibliography ‘Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature’ (ABELL) and access to a large number of full-text journals and introductions to literary classics. Access to the literary introductions: Click ’Publications’ on the front page and search for study guides.
  • Oxford Reference Online
    A large collection of acknowledged encyclopedias and dictionaries within the English language, as well as English-to-French, Spanish, German, Italian, Latin, Irish and Welsh dictionaries. Furthermore, it includes collections of quotes, illustrations, maps, and historical timelines. It is suitable for references on classical texts through the many reference works on classical studies – as well as for references on children’s literature.
  • Den Store Danske
    Danish general encyclopedia with many entries on specifically Danish matters.


  • Dansk Litteraturhistorisk Bibliografi
    Contains references to books and articles on Danish literature and Danish writers which have been published all over the world since 1967. Originally prepared by Aage Jørgensen, but will now be continued in an updated version by Det Danske Sprog- og Litteraturselskab.

  • MLA International Bibliography
    References to articles and books within literature and language studies. Usually, the articles are available in full text. Covers European, Asian, American, and African languages and literary fields.
  • PsycINFO
    International database. Contains references to psychological publications as well as publications dealing with psychological aspects in disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, anthropology, economy and law. Full-text access to articles from PsycArticle.
  • ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center)
    The most extensive bibliography on pedagogics with references to journal articles, books, conference records, papers etc. within all the disciplines of pedagogy and other related literature. There is usually full-text access to articles and papers.
  • Bibliography of Metaphor and Metonymy
    International bibliography which covers the term ‘metaphor’ widely. All articles have keywords, many also an abstract. The database is updated once a year.
  • Bibliotek.dk
    National bibliography of all publications in Denmark dating back to 1841. Also contains catalogues of all Danish libraries (public and academic libraries).
  • Dansk Litteraturhistorisk Bibliografi
    Contains references to books and articles on Danish literature and Danish writers which have been published all over the world since 1967.
  • Education Research Complete
    Full-text bibliography which gives access to articles in one of the world’s most complete collections of pedagogical journals.
  • The Danish National Research Database. (Den danske Forskningsdatabase)
    English language available. Bibliographic database with references to Danish research publications from especially Danish universities, but also from other schools, governmental research institutions, research councils etc. Not covering 100%.

Article databases

  • Bibliotek.dk – Search for articles
    This Danish article database register Danish newspaper- and journal articles.

  • Project Muse
    Journal database with full-text access to high quality journals within the humanities and social science. The database provides access to the most recent issues and sometimes to older issues (back issues) as well.
  • Communication & Mass Media Complete
    CMMC contains references to articles in journals focusing on communication, mass media and related topics – including children and media, children and fiction etc. CMMC offers a complete indexing and abstracts for most journals.
    Journal database with full-text access to the leading academic journals within all subject areas. NB: it is usually not possible to access the most recent 3-5 volumes, but it is possible to access publications before that.

E-books and linline archives

  • Ebook Central 
    Multidisciplinary e-book database covering all subject areas, including many titles within literary history. The books, which are mainly in English, have been published through recognized publishers such as Blackwell, Brill, Oxford University Press, Springer, and Wiley. The base is regularly updated with new titles.
    Search for e.g. ‘Children’s literature’ or ‘Children and media’.
  • Arkiv for Dansk Litteratur (ADL)
    Archive for the classical Danish literature, mostly that of an older date. Each entry has information such as biography, bibliography, and a literary portrait of the author in question.
  • Cambridge Companions Online 
    Online version of the acknowledged Cambridge Companions series meant for students. Contains introductions to classical and central authors, artists, philosophers, topics, and periods. Continuously updated.
    Enables search across all companions on a specific topic – e.g. ‘Children’s literature’.


Children’s books of an older age

  • Bibliotek.dk
    National bibliography of all publications in Denmark dating back to 1841, including children’s books. Also contains catalogues of all Danish libraries (public and academic libraries).
  • Early European Books
    Archive with digitalized literature from before 1701, covering all subject areas. Gives access to a comprehensive selection of printed sources, regardless of language. Supplement to Early English Books Online (EEBO), mostly concerned with non-English books. Includes precise searchable reproductions of the publications. Continuously updated and expanded.
  • Børnebogssamlingen på Campus Emdrup
    Includes publications dating back to the 18th century.
  • Børnebøger m.m. på Det Kgl. Bibliotek, Aarhus
    Includes unlisted publications from the 1840’s and forward.

Special collections at the Royal Danish Library

Newspaper and media

  • Infomedia
    InfoMedia is a large newspaper database with full-text access to a number of Danish newspapers. The articles date back to around 1990.

  • Mediestream
    Mediestream contains radio- and TV broadcasts from selected Danish channels since 2005. Continuously updated. Available in English.
  • Filmcentralen/For alle
    Filmcentralen/For alle is the Danish Film Institute’s streaming service with short- and documentary films. It includes both newer and more classic films. There is also provided information, background articles, and recommendations to the films.
    NB: Filmcentralen/For alle is a free service which provides access to a large collection of films. If you are asked for a UNI-login, it means you do not have access to the film.
  • Factiva
    Global news. Only 5 users have access simultaneously.
  • Kulturmonitor
    Kulturmonitor is a digital news media which covers the news, the debates and the analyses within the area of film, performing arts, art, music, literature and cultural politics. Published by Monitormedier A/S.
  • Nexis Uni
    Database with access to international newspapers.


Libraries online

The Danish national library database. It includes references to all Danish public and academic libraries and their materials. Makes it possible to book materials from all Danish libraries for pick-up at your own library.

Bibliothèque nationale de France

The British Library

Deutsche National Bibliothek

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