SPED 4433-Introduction to the Education of Exceptional Children
General Information for Students
Resources 1- Books, catalogs and databases
Resources 2 - Internet Sites
Journal Reflection Help
Following APA style rules
Reference Materials & Books
The FCLD learning disabilities resource guide : a state-by- state directory of special programs, schools, and services
Call # Ref. LC4704.6 .F35
Developing effective general education-special education co-teaching relationships Call # LB1029.T4 P76 2004
Truth in labeling : disproportionality in special education Call # LC3981 .T78 2007
Exceptional children : an introduction to special education Call # LC3981 .H49 2006
Books (Catalogs for finding)
Search the NSU Libraries' Online Catalog: http://library2.nsuok.edu/
Here are some of the subject headings used in the catalog: special education, mainstreaming in schools, inclusive education, children with disabilities, cerebral palsied children
Search for E-Books using NetLibrary: http://library.nsuok.edu/Refdesk/vrdbks.html
Journal and Magazine Article Databases
Academic Search Premier - This is a general database, which means it contains article citations and full text articles covering many academic subjects. It is one of the twenty-five databases produced by EbscoHost for which NSU has a subscription. It is probably our most widely used database and is sometimes referred to simply as "Ebsco."
ERIC - This is another database produced by EbscoHost. ERIC stands for the Educational Resource Information Center. It contains more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 1,000 educational and education-related journals. ERIC contains a thesaurus, which can be very helpful in figuring out which search terms to use when looking for information.
Professional Development Collection - Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of more than 550 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. This databasealso contains more than 200 educational reports.
PsycARTICLES - a definitive source of searchable full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. The database contains more than 40,000 articles from 53 journals - 45 published by the American Psychological Association (APA) and 8 from allied organizations. It includes all journal articles, letters to the editor and errata from each journal. Coverage spans 1985 to present.
PsycINFO - PsycINFO, from the American Psychological Association (APA), contains more than 2 million citations and summaries of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, all in psychology and related disciplines, dating as far back as the 1800s. 97 percent of the covered material is peer-reviewed. Journal coverage, which spans 1887 to present, includes international material selected from nearly 2,000 periodicals in more than 25 languages. Contains a thesaurus.
Education Full Text - Part of Wilson's Omnifile Full Text, Mega Edition, EFT provides comprehensive coverage of an international range of English-language periodicals, monographs and yearbooks. Coverage includes 79 journals (37 with full text) not covered by ERIC's Current Index to Journals in Education. Index coverage goes back to 1983. Full text articles from 1996 to the present. Contains a thesaurus.
1. Be prepared with synonyms in case your original search produces no results. Use a thesaurus if the database is equipped with one.
2. Pay attention to search tips or help screens provided by each database. Even experienced researchers (like professors and librarians!) can have trouble when dealing with a new interface. Take the time to learn how to use the tool - it will help you to avoid frustration!
3. Remember that most databases allow for Boolean Searching. Use and to narrow, or to expand, not to exlude. Truncation is also useful for bringing back all relevant results. For example, type counsel* to bring back documents containing the words counsel, counseling, counselor...
4. Take advantage of the following sources of help:
- Reference desk: JVL On Call is staffed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Thursday and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Friday by reference librarians or other experienced library staff members.
Use the following terms individually or in combination with one another:
social, physical, emotional, educational
inclusion OR inclusive education
mainstreaming and education
education and disabilities (combine terms using and)
"adaptive behavior of disabled " (enclose phrases in quotation marks)
teach* and children and "special health problems" OR "learning problems " (truncate to search for all forms: teaching, teachers, etc) (use OR to get all possible
versions of the term)
"learning disabilities "
elementary or primary
teen* (truncate to get all forms: teen, teens, teenagers, teenaged, etc.)
Sites for Teachers: http://www.sitesforteachers.com/
Can Teach: http://www.canteach.ca/index.html
United States Department of Education: http://www.ed.gov/
The Internet Public Library: http://www.ipl.org/
Internet Sites relating to topics in special education
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities: http://www.nichcy.org/
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition : http://www.ncset.org/
The ALLIANCE National Parent Technical Assistance Center (NPTAC) : http://www.parentcenternetwork.org/national/aboutus.html/
It's important to remember that publishing on the web is very easy - almost anyone can do it! The problem with that is knowing what's credible (worth your time) and what's not.
Ultimately the researcher must be the one to determine whether or not to use information found on a web site. The following information from the University of California at Berkeley provides some excellent guidelines for evaluating sites:
- Take notes and highlight important words in the article.
- Description--Include who, what, when, where, and why of the article. What is the overall message of the writer?
- Analyze--Did the author support his/her point? Were there biases in the article? Were there omissions in the article? How is this article unique from other articles on the same subject? How does it relate to your own experience?
- Plan--Give specific examples of activities or methods that could be used in the classroom.
(This section was created by former NSU librarian Sarah Brick Archer)
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The American Psychological Association originally created a publication manual to provide a common structure for all journal manuscripts in the area of the social sciences.
Many other disciplines (including psychology, the behavioral sciences, nursing, personnel administration and many areas within education) have adopted this as their professional writing standard as well.
In an academic environment, you will often be expected to conform to this standard when writing. At this point, you should be mostly concerned with creating an accurate reference list using proper format and providing citations within the text to give credit for an idea or concept to the source from which you got it.
Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). (2010). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
The library owns several copies of the style guide; however, only the 5th edition circulates (can be checked out). The NSU libraries have seven copies of the 6th edition in reference and two on reserve. (
Using APA format (Purdue University) - this comprehensive guide summarizes the print version of the book. Click on Your Reference List to find examples of the proper format to use when listing sources you used.
- Contact the Subject Librarian for Education - firstname.lastname@example.org
- College of Education Web site
- Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Page maintained by: Sarah Burkhead
Last Updated: October 25, 2011