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Resources for research in special education.
Last Updated: Jul 22, 2014 URL: http://libguides.unco.edu/EDSE Print Guide RSS Updates

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Search journal articles, books, dissertations, ERIC documents, and other online resources using Summon on the Libraries homepage, http://library.unco.edu/

Results are listed by relevance so make use of Publication Date limiter, along with Content type and Subject limiters to reduce number of results.  Note the 'Cited by' feature for journal articles included in Web of Science Social Sciences Citation Index to lead you to more recent articles.

Electronic reference sources:

To locate the first two resources, from the Search All tab, click on Databases A to Z:

  • Cabell's Directories: Curriculum & Methods
    Contains manuscript guidelines for specific journals along with their review practice and acceptance rates.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Collection of online reference works including Encyclopedia of Disability and Gallaudet Encyclopedia of Deaf People and Deafness.
  • 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design
    The Department of Justice’s revised regulations for Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) were published in the Federal Register on September 15, 2010. This publication to bring together the information in one easy-to-access location.

Searching for dissertations and theses

On the Search All tab, click on Databases by Subject to locate Resource Types:  Dissertations and Theses

  • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses: Full Text
    Includes citations to dissertations and theses from around the world from 1861 to the present. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997, including those from UNC.
  • PQDT Open
    Provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge.

Sources about Tests

On the Search All tab, click on Databases by Subject to locate Resource types: Tests for more resources.

  • Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print  
    Produced by the Buros Institute, this resource provides descriptions and reviews of commercially produced, published tests. Check Michener Library's Test Collection for the actual test.
  • PsycTESTS
    Serves as a repository for a growing selection of unpublished psychological tests and measures, including thousands of actual test instruments and test items that are available for immediate download and use in research and teaching.

Finding Video

To locate examples of classroom teaching and other educational documentaries, take a look at Education in Video and Classroom Management PlusRTI and DI:  The Dynamic Duo is available from Films on Demand.  Sproutflix offers free streaming video with developmentally disabled as main actors.

On the Books & More tab, search the library catalog for video content by entering your topic and limiting the format to:

       DVD Recording - DVDs located on 2nd floor of Michener Library

       Other video - VHS videocasettes located on 2nd floor of Michener Library

       Streaming media - online streaming video

Searching for books, media, and government publications

Use the Books & More tab to search UNC Libraries' catalog or select another library's catalog, including Prospector.  The Classic Catalog 'Advanced Search' permits combing of terms with Boolean operators and limits by location, material type, language, year, and publisher.

  • The Source Library Catalog  
    Index to UNC Libraries Michener and Music library holdings; suggested subject headings - special education, early childhood special education, developmental disabilities, autism, mental retardation, Down syndrome, hearing impaired, deaf, blind...
  • Prospector  
    Unified catalog of about 40 academic, public, and special libraries in Colorado and Wyoming
  • WorldCat  
    Catalog of items held in libraries worldwide; found on the Databases A-Z list


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Handbook of Research in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders - Robert B. Rutherford
Call Number: LC 4801 .H35 2004
ISBN: 1593850565
Publication Date: 2004
The 30 chapters of the Handbook are divided into five parts: foundations of research, assessment and evaluation, characteristics of emotional and behavioral disorders, intervention and treatment research, and research methodology. Each chapter in these five parts provides a compilation of current information and evidence on topics to which the authors have made major contributions.

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Handbook of Reading Disability Research - Richard Allington
Call Number: LB 1050.5 .H265 2011
ISBN: 9780805853339
Publication Date: 2010
The book is divided into six sections: ‘Perspectives on Reading Disability’, ‘Causes and Consequences of Reading Disability’, ‘Assessing Reading Proficiency’, Developmental Patterns of Reading Proficiency and Difficulties', ‘Developmental Interventions’ and ‘Studying Reading Disabilities’. By voicing multiple perspectives and methods, the book is also a useful reference with which to distinguish between research paradigms within the context of reading and literacy studies.


Print reference sources:

The following books are located in the Reference collection on the main floor of Michener Library:

Special Education Dictionary – LC 3957.S64 2003

Encyclopedia of Special Education – LC 4007.E53 2014 v. 1-4 (also available online in Gale Virtual Reference)

Brief Reference of Student Disabilities - LC 4031 .N53 2008

Educator's Diagnostic Manual of Disabilities and Disorders - LC 4019 .P524 2007

Autism Spectrum Disorders - RJ 506.A9 A92377 2007 v. 1-2

Dictionary of Developmental Disabilities Terminology - RJ 135 .A26 2011

Encyclopedia of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders - RJ 506.H9 K447 2009

Key Concepts in Learning Disabilities - LC 4704 .K49 2010

Special Educator’s Comprehensive Guide to 301 Diagnostic Tests - LC 4019 .P53 2006  

Measures for Children with Developmental Disabilities - RM 930.8 .M43 2012


Finding books in Michener Stacks

The following areas contain books related to special education:

      HV 1568.5 - HV 1569.3 Transition to work

      HV 1573 - HV 2093 Blind

      HV 2350 - HV 2888 Deaf / Hearing Impaired

      LC 1200 - LC 1203 Inclusive education

      LC 3950 - LC 3989 Exceptional children and youth

      LC 3991- LC 3998  Gifted children and youth

      LC 4205 - LC 4238 Children and youth with physical disabilities

      LC 4580 - LC 4636 Children and youth with brain damage /developmental disabilities

      LC 4704 - LC 4719  Learning disabled, dyslexic, hyperactive, attention deficit disordered, and autistic children and youth

      P 117 Sign language

      RC 553.A88 Autism / Asperger's Syndrome

      RC 570 - RC 571 Down Syndrome

      RE 91 Visual Impairment / Blindness

      RF 305 Cochlear Implants

      RJ 506.A9 Autism / Asperger's Syndrome

      RJ 506.D47  Developmental Disabilities

      RJ 506.D78   Down Syndrome

      RJ 506.H9 Hyperactivity, ADHD

      RJ 506.L4 Learning Disabilities 


List of user names and passwords

Some electronic journals require a user name and password to access the full text.  Use the Reserves tab and enter "Library reference" as either the course or instructor to locate the list of passwords.


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Common Core

A publication addresses Common Core State Standards Application to Students with Disabilities.  The PARCC Accessibility Features and Accomodations Manual is available for review.

Two groups of states are creating alternate assessments for students with severe cognitive disabilities, Dynamic Learning Maps and the National Center and State Collaborative.

Statistical sources

On the Search All tab, click on Databases by Subject to locate Resource Types:  Statistics for more links.

  • Colorado Special Education Legal Process Statistics  
    Stat sheets on due process hearings from 1996-, on Federal/State complaints 1996-, and legal process cross comparisons 1999-.
  • IDEA data  
    Contains the annual report tables as reported to Congress, Part B data for children ages 3-21, and Part C data for children ages birth to two.
  • Disability Statistics
    Contains U.S. and state level disability status reports and an interactive search tool using American Community Survey (ACS), Current Population Survey (CPS), and Census 2000.

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