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Special Education: Finding Articles

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

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GET IT example

Click the GET IT buttons within any of our databases to get the full text of the article (if available).  We don't own every e-journal, but those that we do own will be available through the GET IT button.  Those that aren't available can be requested through ILLiad

Watch this video for more info.

  Off-Campus Access

With very few exceptions, UST Libraries resources are available from off-campus.  You will be asked to enter your UST username/password.  This is the username you use for your UST email, not your Banner ID. 

Try these databases

Online databases are an important tool for locating journal articles related to your topic.  The first four focus on education and will have research as well as more practical articles on topics related to special education.  Dissertations and Theses now has full text, and may have original research on your topic. Google Scholar is here as a supplementary tool for citation tracking mostly. The last two (PsycInfo and Medline) provide research on the psychological or psychiatric side of specific conditions. 

Some of the articles you find will be available in fulltext online.  Use the "Get It" button to link to the article.  Others may be available only in print in a library.  You may need to visit the library and retrieve and copy the article; or you may be able to borrow the article through interlibrary loan (ILLiad).

Test Reviews Online

Try these databases if you need a review of an assessment instrument.  If you are unfamiliar with the usage of psychological tests, the FAQ at the top with provide some background information.

Contact me for assistance

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

Important Special Education Journals

Here are some sample peer reviewed research journals in Special Education:

  • Focus on Autism and Developmental Disabilities
  • Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilitites
  • Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities
  • Exceptional Children
  • Teaching Exceptional Children
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Learning Disability Quarterly
  • Learning Disabilities Research and Practice
  • Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities
  • Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions
  • American Journal on Intellectual and Developmnental Disabilities

Use the journal title search below, or on the library homepage, to determine the online availability of these and other journals as you do your research.

I Found This Citation... how can I get a copy of the article?  We get that question a lot.  We have a link on the library homepage to search just journal titles--it is linked below.  Click on it and type in the title of the journal you are looking for (NOT the article title), and (if UST has access to the journal--in any format) you will get a list of where we have it.  Sometimes it may be online, OR in print at a library, OR perhaps it may be in microform in a library. Try it out.