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Disability Studies

This guide provides information on print and electronic resources for the study of disabilities and people with disabilities.

Library Catalogs

Finding Books in Library Catalogs


Worldcat UBorrow Classic Catalog
WorldCat UMD includes almost everything the classic catalog has and more, including journal articles and e-books. Find items in more than 10,000 libraries. Remember, we can get an item for you even if we don't own it. Read tips and tutorials. Best option for print books. Search for and request print books directly from 15 major university libraries and the Center for Research Libraries, with combined collections of more than 90 million volumes. It’s faster than interlibrary loan, and you’ll be able to keep the book for 12 weeks (plus 1 month renewal guaranteed). Is the UMD copy checked out? Don’t recall the book from another user—UBorrow it instead!

Some formats (in particular, electronic books) are not being added to the "classic catalog." If you use the "classic catalog" you may be missing out on discovering some of our recent additions to WorldCat UMD. It does include:

  • Books and other items at UMD and other universities in Maryland.
  • Some items unique to University of Maryland, such as special collections.


WorldCat UMD Search Tips

Search Tips

For best results, use the Library of Congress Subject Headings (viewable within individual WorldCat UMD records.) Subject headings in Disability Studies will vary widely depending on your topic of interest. Some examples of relevant subject headings are:

Disability studies Sociology of disability
Disabled persons People with disabilities
People with mental disabilities People with visual disabilities
People with disabilities in literature People with disabilities in mass media
Artists with disabilities Children with disabilities
Parents with disabilities Students with disabilities
Women with disabilities Computers and people with disabilities
Developmentally disabled children Communicative disorders
Hearing disorders Movement disorders
Psychomotor disorders Speech disorders
Mental retardation Learning disabled
Blind Deaf
Barrier-free design Discrimination against people with disabilities


Many subject headings will also subdivide. For example, People with disabilities includes the following sub-divisions:

  • People with disabilities -- History
  • People with disabilities -- Legal status, laws, etc.
  • People with disabilities -- Social conditions
  • People with disabilities -- United States -- Statistics

Use the WorldCat UMD Advanced Search page to limit your search to the Subjects field, as shown below.