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Special Education

Research guide centered on resources tailored to special education.

Finding Articles

The best way to find articles would be to use the Discover@UMSL search tool, which can be found on the library's homepage. Discover@UMSL brings up many different results from all of our various databases, but not everything. If you would like search on a more specific topic, consider searching directly in one of our subject-specific databases.


Break down your search into concepts. Develop a list of synonyms.

EXAMPLE: "special education" AND technology

Other terms for special education could be "special needs" or "learning disabilities."
Combining different terms gives you different terms.


Clearly define your search statement. Trouble spots to look out for:

Too Broad - EXAMPLE: children

  • Solution: Add another concept to your topic which will narrow your search and make it more focused.
    EXAMPLE: children AND "special needs"

Too Narrow - EXAMPLE: children AND "special needs" AND autism

[NOTE: To search a phrase use quotes]

  • Solution: Remove one secondary concept from your search string.
    EXAMPLE: children AND "special needs" AND autism

Keyword & Subject Suggestions

  • Special Education
    • Technology
    • Special Needs
    • Disabilities
    • Parents of Children with Disabilities

Suggested Journals