Originally Compiled by Darla Bressler * Maintained by Basil Martin
To locate Books about disabilities in the University Libraries, go to the University Libraries’ homepage and click on PILOT: Clarion's Online Catalog. Perform a subject keyword search and enter the following search term:
You can narrow your search by searching for a specific type of disability:
To Browse for books about disabilities in the Carlson Library and in the Suhr Library at the Venango Campus, search the shelves in the Reference Room, within the RF121-RJ570 range of call numbers. Others can be found within the HV1551-HV3023 range of call numbers, and within the LC 4001-LC4822 range of call numbers. Although various resources can be found in other locations within the library, these locations are good places to begin browsing for disabilities resources.
After you enter ProQuest, you can search multiple databases. Select all that apply and click on the Continue Button.
At the text box, type in the Word(s) / Phrase(s) for which you want to search.
Entering a broad search term such as Handicapped People will retrieve a great many articles. Therefore, you may wish to narrow your search by using a term such as Visually Handicapped, Mobility Impaired, Learning Disabilities, or use the name of a specific disability, such as Autism.
To perform a subject search, click on Advanced Search, select Subject as the field to search, and enter search terms such as Handicapped People. Narrower terms include Deafness, Learning Disabilities, and Disabled.
Select databases such as Academic Search Complete, Business Source Premier, or Health Source: Consumer Edition.
To perform a subject search, click on Subjects, and then enter search terms such as Disabilities or Handicapped, or more specific terms such as Developmental Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Visually Handicapped, Hearing Impaired, Physically Handicapped. You may also use the name of a specific disability such as Epilepsy or Mental Retardation.
Select any of the services listed (General or News Topics are good places to start) and enter search terms such as Handicapped, Blindness, Deafness, Learning Disabilities, or narrow your search by entering a term such as Autism, or any specific disability.
If you are looking for biographical information, click People and select one of the biographical sources from the drop-down menu.
To find Web Sites with information about disabilities, open an Internet browser such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, and choose a search engine, such as Yahoo! or Alta Vista. At the search screen, type in the name of the topic you wish to research. When using the Internet for research, use the most specific search term possible. For example, using the broad search term Disabilities will produce numerous Web sites, but using a more specific search term, such as Blindness, Deafness, Learning Disabilities, or the name of a specific disability, such as Autism or Cerebral Palsy, will produce fewer but more relevant results. If one particular search term does not yield the desired results, experiment with other search terms and phrases. Examples of Internet Web sites and Discussion Lists devoted to disabilities information include:
Blind Links - Links to adaptive technology, books and magazines, employment, medical links, mobility and braille links, U.S. Government links, education, etc.
Deaf Linx - Links to deaf reference materials, deaf culture, deafness-related organizations and companies; sign language; parent information; deaf education; schools for the deaf; interpreting; deaf-blind information; oralism and cochlear implant information; cued speech.
The Deaf Resource Library - Online collection of reference materials and links intended to educate and inform people about deaf cultures in Japan and the United States.
Disabled People’s International Home Page - Grassroots, cross-disability network with member organizations in over 110 countries. Provides numerous links.
DO-IT: Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetwork, and Technology - Lists programs for high-school students with disabilities who are pursuing academics and careers. Covers the use of technology to maximize independence, productivity, and participation of people with disabilities.*
JAN: Job Accomodation Network - Provides information about job accommodations for people with disabilities and the employability of people with disabilities. Lists web sites about different disabilities and discusses disability etiquette.*
NARIC: The National Rehabilitation Information Center - Covers topics about rehabilitation, such as research projects, organizations, databases, directories, guides to periodicals on rehabilitation, assistive technology, and Internet resources.*
*Source: Church, J., Drouin, S., & Rankin, K. (2000) Electronic resources on disabilities. College and Research Libraries News 61(2), 115-120.
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Last Updated: September, 2008