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Disabilities Research Sources from Rowan University Libraries

This guide contains tips for finding many of our thousands of resources for your research on disabilities and accessibility topics.


Rowan University Libraries Resources

Your university library has many resources to assist with research in best practices in serving students and faculty with disabilities.  Use the links on this page for books, search tips, and resources, so that you can learn more about what the library has available! 

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Search Tips & Subject Headings

Search Tips & Subject Headings

When searching in the Rowan University library for books or articles about disabilities, accessibility, or inclusion -- try one of these truncated search terms in the main search box along with another term or two to specify the topic you are researching.




Using the truncation symbol (an asterisk *) will include the widest possible number of our thousands of print and electronic books and journal and magazine articles which use variations of these terms. Remember that simple searches without truncation symbols, such as typing just 'disability' (singular) or just 'disabilities' (plural) will result in two different result lists.

To get a more focused result list, use the right-hand facets to limit further by subject:

  • Disabilities
  • People with disabilities 
  • [profession or identity group] with disabilities (for example, Athletes with disabilities, Students with disabilities)
  • Disability awareness
  • Disability studies
  • Disabled veterans
  • Discrimination against people with disabilities
  • [type of] disability (for example, Developmental disabilities, Learning disabilities)
  • [type of] disorder (for example, Movement disorders, Perceptual disorders)
  • [name of the disorder itself] (for example, Deafness, Autism Spectrum Disorder)

There are many more limiters than these to choose from, so just choose all the good ones which come up in the list!  Some choices in the 'subject limiter' list on the left may not reflect current terminology... but that doesn't mean the article is bad or outdated.  Instead, be sure to browse many types of items and check on the article quality for yourself (newer is not always better, although it may have been easier to find!).

More detailed information on descriptive words to try in your searches are provided on websites from the National Library Service. Chat with us for more information, or for assistance with searching.


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