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Special Education: Getting Started

A guide for someone beginning to do research in special education.

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O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library
651-962-5494 (Circulation)
651-962-5001 (Reference)
651-962-5400 (Hours)
2115 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105
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Charles J. Keffer Library
651-962-4642 (Circulation)
651-962-4664 (Reference)
651-962-4640 (Hours)
MOH 206, 1000 LaSalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
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This guide includes a number of helpful resources for students in special education.  Use the tabs above to explore these resources:

  • Getting started--where you are now
  • Finding books--search for print or electronic books, located in a library or online
  • Finding articles--start here if you are searching for journal articles
  • Reference sources--Encyclopedias, research handbooks, and other sources; these are good for finding a summary of research on a topic
  • Legal resources--start here when you are searching for a law, court case, or other legal topic related to special education
  • Websites for research--use these sites to supplement your library research
  • Websites by topic--with subpages for specific conditions, these may have helpful resources for the classroom
  • Special education news--table of contents for a selection of special education journals, and news from Education Week
  • Multimedia and Web 2.0--a sampling of video, social media, and other nonprint resources are here
  • Citing sources--help for completing the bibliography of your paper/project

Library Information

You may find that resources related to special education are in different locations at St. Thomas. Here's a rundown.

  • Keffer stacks--books here are generally research-oriented and generally published after 1990.
  • Curriculum collection at Keffer--books and materials here are generally classroom-oriented.  They are more about the application of research in the classroom.
  • Children's Literature--fiction (maybe a character has a learning disability or other condition), and nonfiction for children and young adult readers.  These may be classroom resources.
  • O'Shaughnessey Frey Library--may have some research materials, but these will be a bit older in age; these are sometimes helpful for historical or background information.

Basic contact information for each library is at the left.

  Writing a Literature Review?

Be sure to check out our guide for writing a literature review at the link below.

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Conrad Woxland
Charles J. Keffer Library | MOH 206F
Subjects: Education, Psychology

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