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Finding Background Information with Selected Reference Sources
Hundreds of authoritative dictionaries, encyclopedias, fact books, guides, companions and more from respected publishers across dozens of major subject areas.
Encyclopedia of American Disability History by
Call Number: 362.40973 E56o
Publication Date: 2009-08-01
Encyclopedia of Disability and Rehabilitation by
Call Number: 362.403 E56o
Publication Date: 1995-06-01
The Encyclopedia of Learning Disabilities by
Call Number: 371.903 T939e
Publication Date: 2002-04-01
The Nature of Learning Disabilities by
Call Number: 371.91 K21n
Publication Date: 1995-07-01
The Praeger Handbook of Special Education by
Call Number: 371.90973 P897h
Publication Date: 2006-12-12
Finding Scholarly Articles with Databases
Academic Search Complete
A database of both scholarly and popular publications in a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas. Most full text is linked directly in the database; otherwise use the Get It links to check for full text online or in the library.
For recommendations of additional databases, check the Subject Guides.
America History & Life
The definitive database of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. With selective indexing for 1,700 journals from 1964 to present, this database is without question the most important bibliographic reference tool for students and scholars of U.S. and Canadian history.
Communication and Mass Media Complete
Premier database of scholarly and trade journals and books in media and communication and related areas. Some full text is linked directly in the database; otherwise, use the Check for Full Text buttons to check for full text online or in the library.
Premier database of scholarly and professional journals, books, documents, and more in education and related areas. Some full text is linked directly in the database; otherwise, use the Check for Full Text buttons to check for full text online or in the library.
Film and Television Literature Index with Full Text
A database of scholarly journals, trade journals, books, and more in the areas of television and film. Most full text is linked directly in the database; otherwise use the Check for Full Text buttons to check for full text online or in the library.
Premier database of scholarly and professional journals and books in psychology and related areas. Some full text is linked directly in the database; otherwise, use the Check for Full Text buttons to check for full text online or in the library.
Using Encompass Search for Books
Encompass Search finds information by searching through a massive collection of books and scholarly journals, as well as newspapers and magazines, dissertations, conference proceedings, music, video, maps, and more.
To find only books, use the Books limit on the left sidebar of your search results page. Many items will be in Trexler Library; note the call number and status of the item to check its location and availability. For items not in Trexler Library, use the Interlibrary Loan button to request a copy from another library.
, Film Studies
, Information Science
, International Studies
, Media & Communication
, Political Economy & Public Policy
, Political Science
, Sustainability Studies
Citing Your Sources
For information on why to cite your sources and how to avoid plagiarism, see the Get Started with Library Research: Cite Sources guide.
Cite your sources in either APA Style or Chicago Style, depending on the disciplinary focus of your research. Use APA Style for a psychological, educational, and/or media and communication focus. Use Chicago Style for a historical focus.