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How do I read call numbers at the CML?
There are several different call number designations within the Curriculum Materials Library. The Library of Congress call number classification is used for the Professional Materials Collection (PMC), Non-fiction, Textbooks, and Videos and Kits.
Library of Congress Call Numbers are alphanumeric. When you read a call number, first there is a letter and then a number. In alphabetical order G comes before GA, GB, GC and so on. The first set of numbers is a whole number so 23 comes before 199. The second alphanumberic set is a decimal so .55 comes before .60:
G GA 12 33 M55 M6
In alphabetical order G comes before GA. Numerical order 12 before 33. Alphabetical & Decimal Order M55 M6 (.55 comes before .6)
*Remember, the call numbers on the shelves will read top to bottom, or vertically, as shown above, while the call numbers in the online catalog will read across, or horizontally.
Picture books, Early Readers, and Juvenile Fiction all are arranged on the shelf alphabetically by the author's last name.
How do I find information about tests and measures?
How do I find stories that rhyme?
From the CML Catalog advanced search page, type "stories in rhyme" into the keyword search box. Your results will direct you to CML titles that include rhyming text.
A source for rhyming picture books is A to Zoo. In the subject guide section under "rhyming text" you will find a list of titles arranged alphabetically by author's last name. Once you select a title you can then do a title search in the catalog to determine whether or not the CML has the book.
Quick link to "stories in rhyme" and "picture books in rhyme" in CML catalog.
How do I find a book review?
If you do not have a specific title in mind, go to the Periodicals section of the CML and choose a review periodical:
You may choose the most recent issue for books that are recently published or previous issues (lift the shelf) for older books. These periodicals usually divide reviewed books by age range. VOYA (Voices of Youth Advocates) is a specialized review periodical that focuses on young adult literature.
If you are looking for a review of a specific book, take the following steps:
- Go to the Reference section of the CML and find the current title index of Children's Literature Review (Call Number: REF PN 1009 A1 C5139). Look up the title of the book alphabetically and pull the volume that the book is first indexed in. For example, The Giver, by Lois Lowry, is first indexed in volume 46, although it is also mentioned in later volumes. In this volume, look up the author of the book; under this general article, you will find one or more separate reviews of the book. If the book is not present in the title index, it is most likely not indexed in this resource. If the book title begins with "a," "an," or "the," disregard the first word when searching alphabetically. For example, The Giver is found under "G."
- If you are looking for comprehensive book reviews on a specific title, try Book Review Digest Plus . This resource provides citations and excerpts of reviews of current English-language fiction and nonfiction books for children and adults. An abstract of each book is also provided. To be indexed in Book Review Digest, a book must have been published or distributed in the United States or Canada. A work of nonfiction must have received reviews in two or more of the periodicals on the Book Review Digest selection list.
- Using the Children's Literature Comprehensive Database to find book reviews: To conduct a search on CLCD, you can use the various search limiters to narrow your search, depending on what you are looking for. For instance, if you are looking for a review of a particular book title you can type the title into the search box and in the “Search Specific Fields” option, select “Title.” If you are looking for any book by a certain author, you can type the author’s name into the search box and in the “Search Specific Fields” option, select the “Author/Illustrator” option. After clicking “Search,” you will get a list of titles to choose from (NOTE: there may be several different formats of the same title listed). You will have to browse the list to determine which entry is exactly what you are looking for. Titles with at least one review will have a green dot next to the entry. This will save you time as you complete your search. Once you have determined which entry you are going to view, click on the link and scroll down in the record until you find the review section. It will tell you the name of the reviewer, the title of the publication where the review was printed, the date of the review, and the volume and number of the publication.
- Look up the title of the book at www.amazon.com. (It helps to choose "Book" in the search function.) Once you have found the correct book, scroll down to "Editorial Reviews" and click on "See all editorial reviews…." You will see at least one review of the book, the Publisher's Review, and you will most likely also see reviews that have appeared in the periodicals School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Publisher's Weekly, etc. Beware of the Publisher's Review; since a representative of the book's publishing house has written it, it may be biased.
How do I get help creating a lesson plan?
UNLV's Teaching and Learning Department provides a template for use in creating elementary lesson plans:
How do I find picture books without words?
How do I find Multicultural/Diversity resources at the CML?
- Multicultural websites: Available on the Multicultural Resources pages of the library's Social Work subject guide.
- Professional Materials Collection (PMCs): See the library catalog using keywords "multicultural" or "early childhood".
- Picture books: Search by specific subjects or keyword—once you find the item you're looking for, click on the subject heading to find similar items. Example: Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting. Also, try searching by Subject in A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Picture Books and other reference books. Also, the "Bi Li" section for books in both English and other languages.
- Informational books: Search the catalog by specific subjects or keyword. Browse the call number area you find.
- Videos: Browse the series Different and the Same, American Cultures for Children, and Holidays for Children.
- Kits: Browse the social studies section.
How do I find biographical information about an author?
Start by looking at the Something About the Author series found in the Reference Collection (PN451 .S6 REF).
On the spine of one of the last volumes in the set is the cumulative volume index. Look in the back to the Author's Index, arranged alphabetically by authors last name. A volume number will be listed with the biographical section on that particular author. If the author has been featured more than once, the past volumes will also be listed.
In each biographical section there are ten informational sections:
- Personal information
- Awards and honors
- Biographical and critical sources
- Extensive illustrations
Electronic Databases with Author Biographies
Biography Reference Bank (fulltext)
Contains biographical information on more than 400,000 people from antiquity to the present including more than 110,000 biographies. Biography Reference Bank brings together Biography Index, Current Biography Illustrated, the World Author Series, Nobel Prize Winners, World Artists, World Film Directors, American Reformers, and more into one database. Simultaneous users: 4 (Updated weekly)
Biography Resource Center (fulltext)
Biography Resource Center provides biographical information on more than 185,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. Contains approximately 250,000 biographies and full text articles from nearly 250 periodicals. Search for people based on one or more personal facts such as birth and death years and places, nationality, ethnicity, occupation, or gender, or combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search path.
Gale's Literary Index
Comprehensive index to the Gale literary series including Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC), Twentieth Century Literary Criticism (TCLC), and Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB). (1956-)
How do I find study guides for the Praxis tests?
For information on the new Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test, please visit the Praxis Core Test Site for preparation tips and an explanation of the structure of the new test.
Praxis I and Praxis II
The CML has several Praxis (PPST and PLT) study guides available for checkout. Test preparation information and Tests at a Glance are available for download.
Local testing information can be found on the on the ETS.org Nevada Page.
Practice tests are available through LearningExpress Library, including Praxis I (PPST) and Praxis II Content Knowledge, and a range of topics including math and English skills improvement, TOEFL, and graduate school entrance exams. The Praxis practice tests can be found by selecting the "Jobs and Careers" section and then the “Teaching” category.
From off-campus, you will need your UNLV Libraries barcode (usually your RebelCard) and your PIN code.
LearningExpress Library is also available through the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District (click on LearningExpress (Learn a Test). Users of this site need a valid LVCCLD library card and PIN number.