Child and Adolescent Development (CADV) Research Guide: Books


Become a Guru @ Finding Books

There are three (3) maxims every researcher should know about finding books in SunCat (Oviatt Library Catalog): 

  1. Know the subject areas surrounding your topic. 
  2. Know the call number ranges surrounding your topic. 
  3. Know the power of and how to use Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Each of these three (3) maxims is explianed further below. 

CADV Subject Headings 

What's a subject heading?

A Subject Heading denotes the library catalog's groupings for similarly related materials. 

Here is a non-exhaustive list of subject headings that you can search via SunCat (search as subject) to find books related to your assignments, papers and projects. 

CADV Subject Headings

Art therapy for children
Child development
Child psychology
Children--Institutional care
Language acquisition 
Motor ability in children
Toddlers development 

CADV Call Numbers 

What's call number?

A call number is found on the spine of each book in the library; like a subject heading, it denotes a grouping of like materials in the library. 

CADV is an interdisciplinary field. Therefore, there are several call number ranges that you should consider: 

CADV Call Number Ranges
Call Numbers Content Floor
BF 712 - 724 Psychological Developement 2nd
HQ 503 - 1064 Sociology/Family & Parenting 3rd
LB 1100 - 1500 Educational Psychology 3rd
RJ 1 - 570 Pediatrics/Physical & Mental  Health 4th

Tips & Tricks: Did you know that if you click on a call number in SunCat, it'll give you a list of all the call numbers adjacent to that one. This means that you can browse the library's shelves without leaving the comfort of your couch. Wow!

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

What is ILL?

ILL is a library service that requests books that we don't own from other libraries for our users. 

If Oviatt does not have the book you're looking for, don't lose hope. Request the book via the online form. Please allow 3 or more business days for your request to be completed.

Have more questions about ILL; contact them at or (818) 677-2294. 

For more help on finding books; check-out Oviatt's 'How-To Tutorials'.