Course Research Pages

PSY/SSC 482 - Understanding Disabilities

Finding Background Information and Key Terms and Theories in Online Resources

The following resources are good places to get descriptions, symptoms, treatments, etc. of the disability you are researching.

Credo Reference

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Finding Background Information and Key Terms and Theories in Books

Bowman Library Catalog - Search by keyword or subject heading to find books in the Bowman Library collection. Some sample subject headings are listed below.

Google Books - Look here for digital versions of books. Generally, you will be able to see only a partial view of the book. If you would like the entire book, order it through our Interlibrary Loan service.

Finding Articles in Library Databases

Use these resources to find magazine, newspaper, and scholarly journal articles on your disability topics.

Annual Review of Psychology - Psychology journal available online and in print; includes some coverage of disability issues.

CQ Researcher - These research reports cover some health topics; if yours is covered, be sure to see the contacts section for advocacy groups.

EBSCOhost - Contains articles from magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals, including content on health and psychology issues.

Google Scholar - Provides access to scholarly literature only. Note that the full text is not available for all articles. If full text is not available, you may order it via Interlibrary Loan.

MEDLINE - Articles in the field of medicine. Note that full text is not included, but can be ordered via Interlibrary Loan.

Finding Information on the Web

MedlinePlus - A wealth of health information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health. A good place to find overviews of conditions, treatment options, videos, and advocacy organizations.

National Institutes of Health - Health information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

To search for advocacy organizations on your topic, try Googling your disability plus "site:org" to limit your search to organizations.

Finding Statistics for the Incidence of Disabilities

Annual Disability Statistics Compendium - puts disability statistics published by various federal agencies together in one place.

Disability Statistics - online resource from Cornell University.

FastStats - statistics from the Centers for Disease Control.

You may also be able to find statistics of incidence of disabilities on the web sites of advocacy groups related to the disability. Try Googling your disability and statistics.

Sources for Information on Conducting Interviews

Conducting Primary Research: Interviewing and Creating Good Interview and Survey Questions

Writing an Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliographies from the Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Annotated Bibliographies from the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University

Writing an Annotated Bibliography from the University of Minnesota Crookston

Resources for Citation Help

The Basics of APA Style - a tutorial about APA style.

NoodleTools - create an account and let NoodleTools walk you through the steps of creating your reference page.

More Citation Help - Bowman Library's page of links for citation help.

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Research Tips

These Research Guides have been prepared by librarians to assist with your research. Read more:

Evaluating Web Resources

Critically Analyzing Information Sources

Searching Electronic Resources Effectively

For more information on citation style, see:

Citing Your Research

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association - BF76.7 .P83 2010 (Located in Library Permanent Reserves)