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Disability Studies Resources Guide: Find Books in Library Catalog

Guides to searching for information related to Disability Studies, including special collections, videos, statistics, journals, databases, and more.

Structured Search for Books in Classic Catalog (Summit)

The Library Catalog works well for searches for particular titles, authors, call numbers or subject headings. 

Subject headings are main topics of a book or item. Subject headings are assigned to items by a human cataloger from a standardized list of subject headings at the Library of Congress.  You can choose "Subject Heading" in the Classic Catalog to find all the items classified under the Subject Heading you type. If you leave the default, "Keyword Anywhere", selected, you will find all the items that have the terms you typed anywhere in the description (record) of the item.  Try both ways!

Sample of some Library of Congress Subject Headings.

  • AIDS (disease)
  • Artists with disabilities (formerly Handicapped artists)
  • Body, human Social aspects
  • Children with disabilities
  • Computers and people with disabilities
  • Disability studies
  • Discrimination against people with disabilities
  • Eugenics
  • Inclusive education
  • Mainstreaming in education
  • People with disabilities
  • People with disabilities--attitudes
  • People with disabilities--legal status
  • People with disabilities--psychology
  • People with disabilities-- services for
  • People with mental disabilities De-institutionalization United States.
  • Self-help devices for people with disabilities
  • Social Security-- law and legislation--United States
  • Social work with people with disabilities
  • Sociology of disability
  • Web sites Barrier-free design
  • Women with disabilities
  • Try your own word(s) in the Classic Catalog's Subject Heading search.  If your term isn't an exact Library of Congress Subject Heading, you will get a list of headings alphabetically nearest your word(s), so you can try to find a subject heading on your topic.