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Special Education: Books

PSU Library Catalog - Books

Results include both print and ebooks, available from Portland State Library and the Summit Libraries.

Requesting Books from Summit

A Find & Request link under the title means that the book is not in our collection or is checked out, but is likely held at one of our partner libraries.

You can request the book by clicking on Find & Request and selecting Request from Summit.

It takes approximately five days to receive an item through Summit.

Requesting Books through ILL

If a book is not available in our collection or Summit, often we can still get it for you!

Just request it through Interlibrary Loan.

Please note: it can take up to 12 days to receive a book through interlibrary loan.

Using Subject Headings to Find Books

Subject headings allow you to search library catalogs for materials on a particular topic.

Often subject heading searching can be more productive than searching by simple keywords.

Listed here are some major subject headings of interest for research in special education.

If you want to find other subject headings just ask a reference librarian .


children with disabilities (prior to ~1999:physically handicapped children) children with visual disabilities
developmentally disabled children Down syndrome
exceptional children gifted children
hearing impaired children learning disabilities
mainstreaming in education special education

Where are Special Education Books in the Library?

Books in the library are organized by call number and are located between the basement and 5th floors.

Books that are similar will be grouped together, so it's often worthwhile to browse the collection.

Here are the most common places you will likely find books related to special education:

RC 321-571 Neurology and Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry
RC 346-429 Neurology, Diseases of the Nervous System (including speech disorders)
RC 554 -569.5 Personality Disorders, Behavior Problems
RC 569.7-571 Mental Retardation
RE 48 Blindness in Children
RF 110-320 Otology, Diseases of the Ear
RJ Pediatrics
RJ 496 Language, speech and hearing disorders and development
RJ 138-134 Developmental Disabilities
LC 3950-4806.5 Exceptional Children and Youth, Special Education
BF 712-724.85 Developmental Psychology
BF 721-723 Child Psychology
HQ 767.8-792.2 Children, Child Development (including child rearing, child life, play, socialization, children's rights)
Social Service to:
HV 701-1420.5 Children
HV 873-887 Destitute, Neglected, and Abandoned Children
HV 888-907 Children with Disabilities
HV 1421 -1441 Young Adults, Youth, Teenagers
HV 1551-3024 Persons with disabilities (including blindness, deafness, persons with physical and mental disabilities)

Research Methods in Education

These will be useful when doing your own research or if you are taking a course on research methods.