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Disability Studies

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

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.