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Special Education: Introduction

This guide contains resources to assist students in special education




Your research librarian has put together  several guidefor your assignment needs. These guides will be helpful when finding information for your presentation.

We have already reviewed your topics and you can find valid, accurate, and credible sources for a variety of topics in the resources we've listed on this guide.

Remember that your research and presentations will be viewed by instructors and peers who are expecting to see academic resources, and not just information you found using Google which are questionable and often times may lack credibility or factual correctness.

Follow the instructions below:

1) Find Books

Use this page to find print and ebook resources on your topic. 

2) Find Articles

This is where you'll find articles of information for your topic. There are multiple databases you can use, and you should them as they cover varied aspects of your topic. You'll also be able to find information about your profession, art, culture, and gender.

3) Find Reference/Background Information

Use this resource to find general information.


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Starting Your Research


LC Classification

Establishing what resources the library owns on the subject you are researching should be your first priority.  The following are an abbreviated list of the Library of Congress Classification for special education:

LC8-6691 - special aspects of education

LC8-59 - forms of education, including self, home and private school education

LC65-245 - social aspects of education

LC251-951 - moral and religious education

LC1001-1099 - types of education

LC1390-5158 - education of special classes of persons

LC52011-6691 - education extensions, adult education


Background Information

Standardized tests have been a source of controversy with advocates praising them as an effective tool for measuring performance of teachers and students. Critics claim that they detract from real teaching and promote a mechanical sort of education. Use the following sources to learn more about standardized testing and the political, social, and the educational issues. 

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Keywords to try when searching:

Disabilities and Disorders:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Autism
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Down's Syndrome
  • Dyslexia
  • Hearing Impairment
  • High incidence disabilities
  • Low incidence disabilities
  • Mentally Retarded
  • Mild Intellectual Disability (MID)
  • Mild Mental Retardation
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Visual Processing Disorder

Additional terms to consider:

  • alternative assessments
  • classroom arrangement
  • classroom management
  • differentiation OR differentiated instruction
  • inclusion
  • student motivation
  • teaching strategies