Special Education


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Education Source - Formerly Education Full Text; Includes full text articles from a wide range of journals related to education. 

Education in Video - Contains videos intended for training and developing teachers, including primary-source footage of students and teachers in actual classrooms. This collection can be searched by grade level, subject, topic, educational theory, and more. 

ERIC - Education Resources Information Center; this database is a good place to start your research. It covers a broad range of journal articles, technical reports, curricular materials, research documents, etc. 

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LLBA (Linguistics & Langauge Behavior Abstracts) - Includes citations and abstracts related to the teaching of language. 

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Handbooks & Encyclopedias

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Gale Virtual Reference Library An online collection of encyclopedias that is searchable by keyword

Advances in Special Education | Print Series

Autism Spectum Disorders: A Reference Handbook | eBook

Encyclopedia of Special Education: A Reference for the Education of Children, Adolescents and Adults with Disabilities and other Exceptional Individuals | eBook | Print

Essential Concepts and School-Based Cases in Special Education Law | Print

Handbook of Developmental Disabilities | eBook | Print

Handbook of Neuroscience for the Behavioral Science Print

Handbook of Special Education | eBook | Print

Research in Special Education | Print

Sage Handbook of Special Education | Print | eBook

Special Education Almanac Print


Recent Arrivals - Special education books in our stacks from 2010 and later

Library Catalog - search UT's book collection

Related PCL Call # Ranges:

  • HD 7255 to HD 725: Vocational Rehabilitation
  • HV 888 to HV 907: Children with Disabilities
  • HV 1551 to HV 3024: Persons with Disabilities
  • LC 1099-1099.5: Multicultural Education (General)
  • LC 1200 to LC 1203: Inclusive Education
  • LC 3950 to LC 4806.5: Special Education
  • RC 553 A88: Autism 
  • RC 569.7 to RC 571: Developmental Disabilities
  • RJ 506 A9: Autism

Related Subject Headings:

  • Children with disabilities -- Education
  • Developmentally disabled children
  • Inclusive education
  • Learning disabled children -- Education 
  • Special Education


Reports, Documents, Laws & Data

Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004 (U.S. Department of Education)

Disability & Education Laws (National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities)

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP): Legislation & Policy | National Studies | Publications

National Center for Special Education Research: Publications & Data Products

Special Education in America: The State of Student's with Disabilities in the Nation's High Schools [PDF]  

Special Education Reports (Texas Education Agency)

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