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Disability Studies: A Student Success Guide

Librarian-curated guide to resources and information on disabilities topics, from Student Success

Featured Reference and Introductory Books

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Recommended Journals

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Tips for Searching

You can search in the library catalog for books on disabilities and find them in many different locations around the library. If you're stuck in your keyword search, try a subject search instead, using "disabilities" or "people with disabilities." You could also just go and look at the shelves in these call number sections to see what you can find:

  • HN - Social history and conditions, Social problems, Social reform
  • HV40-60 - Social service, Social work, Charity organization and practice
  • HV888-907 - Protection, assistance and relief: Special Class: Children with Disabilities
  • HV1551-3024 - Protection, assistance and relief: Special Class: People with Disabilities
  • LC-LD - Special aspects of education and Individual institutions
  • LC4001-4806.5 - Education of special classes of persons: Exceptional children and youth, special education: Children and youth with disabilities, learning disabled children and youth

Need a some more explanation on how call numbers work? Check out the tutorial on Finding Books on the next tab!

  • Start searching with keywords - some articles may use different words for the same topic, so try synonyms (Another trick to try is when you find some suitable articles, look at their records to pick out more keywords they use)
    • Try general keywords, like "disability studies, people with disabilities," and also try searching for specific disabilities ("Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, blindness") or for the context ("disability law, disability and religion, disability LGBTQ")
  • Narrow down your search by using the limiting options - most of the time, these are the categories on the left side of your results page or they may appear immediately if you used Advanced Search. For example, you can limit your results to more recent articles by selecting "Publication Date" and you can limit your results to scholarly sources by selecting "Peer-reviewed."
  • Find the full text of an article in its record by looking for either a PDF/Full text link or the FullText@Hekman link - if Hekman has full text available, you will be able to see and download it this way, and if Hekman does not have full text available, it will suggest that you request a copy through InterLibrary Loan (see more in tutorial for Accessing Articles in the next tab)