Books for Teens
Welcome to the research guide for Young Adult Literature. The resources in this guide have been selected to help you make this class a success.
This page contains course information and a quick list of resources to get you started.
Young-adult fiction (often abbreviated as YA) is fiction written for, published for, or marketed to adolescents and young adults, roughly ages 13 to 18.
Young-adult fiction, whether in the form of novels or short stories, has distinct attributes that distinguish it from the other age categories of fiction. The vast majority of YA stories portray an adolescent as the protagonist, rather than an adult or a child. …
Themes in YA stories often focus on the challenges of youth, so much so that the entire age category is sometimes referred to as problem novels or coming of age novel.
The following can help you start your research.
See the Library Resources tab for more extensive lists of suggested materials.
- Education Source
Education Source is designed to meet the needs of education students, professionals, and policymakers. The extensive collection includes full text for more than 1,700 journals, 550 books and monographs, and education-related conference papers as well as citations for over four million articles including book reviews.
- Gale Literature Resource Center
Gale Literature Resource Center is the most current, comprehensive, and reliable online resource for research on literary topics, authors, and their works.
- The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults
The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults is an open-access, peer-reviewed online research journal published by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Its purpose is to enhance the development of theory, research, and practices to support young adult library services, as emphasized in YALSA’s National Research Agenda.
- Young Adult Library Services
Articles from the field about issues of interest to those working with teens. (Not peer reviewed.)
- Critical Approaches to Young Adult Literature byCall Number: 809.89282 L354c4ISBN: 9781555705640Publication Date:
Critical Approaches to Young Adult Literature is for librarians in school and public libraries (plus their colleagues across the curriculum) who strive for collections and programming that elicit thoughtful responses and build higher-level literacy skills across grades 6–12.
- Critical Foundations in Young Adult Literature byCall Number: eBookISBN: 9789462093980Publication Date:
Young-adult literature, from The Outsiders to Harry Potter, has helped shape the cultural landscape for adolescents perhaps more than any other form of consumable media in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
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- EnglishThe English Program at Northwestern Oklahoma State University offers a full range of courses in American, British, and world literature in addition to courses in creative writing, film studies, technical writing, and advanced composition in order to prepare students for academic and non-academic professional endeavors.