Monday, 31 March 2008


Each month the National Children's Bureau puts out a short leaflet as part of a series entitled Highlights, with each separate issue providing a neat, concise overview of a topic relating to childhood. For instance, recent issues have focussed on topics as diverse as the Education and Inspections Act 2006, Counselling Services for Young People, and Children, Young People and Bereavement. Highlights are a great way of getting an overview of a topic about which you don't have a great deal of information, as well as suggesting ideas for further reading.

You can access Highlights online through the ChildData service on Athens. Getting access to them is a little fiddly, but here's how to do it:
  • Select ChildData from the Athens list
  • Click on 'Library Catalogue'
  • Click on 'Advanced Search'
  • Next to the 'Format' box there is a button marked 'Word Wheel'; click on this
  • In the box that pops up, click on 'highlight', then on the 'Paste' button, then the 'Close' button
  • Finally, click on the 'Submit Query' button at the bottom of the page

You should now be looking at a list of all of the Highlights series, arranged in alphabetical order. You do not get access to the very early titles in the series, but all of the most recent ones are available; just click on the link underneath each one to open the file.

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