Tips for Finding Articles

  • The easiest way to find articles is to use the Articles & Full Text option on the library homepage.
  • A more precise way to search for articles is to select and browse Databases on the library homepage, especially those recommended in this and other library guides.
  • In the databases, choose the advanced or guided searches (usually 3 lines) to help you correctly format your search.
  • Use OR between your search terms to broaden the search to include any of the terms. 
  • Use AND between your search terms to narrow the search to include all the terms.
  • Find full text within the databases in html or pdf format.
  • Use the GetIt!Cornell to link to full text found outside of the database.
  • Ask a Librarian if you need further help!  

Tips for Finding Books

  1. Your first search should be a very general keyword search.
  2. Never use a, an, or the when searching for a title.
  3. Always use the long view to review subject headings.
  4. If a record says "networked resource" it is usually available online.
  5. Always pay attention to the call numbers and note whether the material is shelved in the regular, oversized (+), or double oversized (++) sections.

Suggested Keywords

Disability studies

Disabilities -- social aspects

People with disabilities -- employment, civil rights, medical care

People with disabilities -- legal status, laws, etc.

Discrimination against people with disabilities

Discrimination -- laws and legislation

Disabled persons

Sociology of disabilities

Disabilities and society

Developmental disabilities

Learning disabilities

Top Article Sources

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