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America: History and Life ( [Restricted] VPN
Bibliographic database containing citations to articles on American and Canadian history, including ethnic history and relations, from prehistory to the present. Covers more than 2000 journals published worldwide.
Coverage: 1964-present
Contemporary Women's Issues
The subscription to this database has been canceled. The research abstracted here can largely be accessed by searching "Women's Studies International" and other social and political science databases.
Coverage: 1992-present
Education Source [via EBSCO] (,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=eue) [Restricted] VPN
Education Source is the largest and most complete collection of full text journals in education research. The extensive collection includes full text for more than 1,700 journals, 550 books and monographs, education-related conference papers, citations for over four million articles including book reviews and over 100,000 controlled and cross-referenced names of educational tests.
Coverage: June 1983-present
ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) [via Proquest] ( [Restricted] VPN
The ERIC Database indexes and abstracts education and education related journals, studies and reports, with links to full-text studies and reports from 1993 forward.
Coverage: 1966-present
Gender Watch ( [Restricted] VPN
A full text database of publications that focus on the impact of gender across a broad spectrum of subject areas. Publications include academic and scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, regional publications, books, booklets and pamphlets, conference proceedings, and government, NGO and special reports.
Historical Abstracts ( [Restricted] VPN
Citations to articles on the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America:history and life.) Indexes more than 2000 journals worldwide.
Coverage: 1967-present
LGBT Life [via Ebsco] ( [Restricted] VPN
LGBT Life (previously GLBT Life) contains indexing and abstracts for LGBT-specific core periodicals, in addition to data mined from over 1400 select titles. LGBT Life contains all relevant data from NISC's Sexual Diversity Studies database.
Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts [via Proquest] ( [Restricted] VPN
"CSA Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA) abstracts and indexes the international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences. The database covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Complete coverage is given to various fields of linguistics including descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,500 serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, and dissertations."
Coverage: 1973-present
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Full-text reputable consumer health information compiled by the National Library of Medicine from authenticated sources including the various U.S. Government agencies involved with health care. Many free and reliable full-text sources are incorporated including drug information, dictionaries and directories.
MLA International Bibliography [via Proquest] ( [Restricted] VPN
The Modern Language Association International Bibliography (MLAIB) covers international scholarly materials on all languages, literatures, linguistics, and folklore from around the world. It includes citations to items from journals, series, books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies. MLAIB does not index book reviews.
Coverage: 1926-present
PAIS International Database [via Proquest] ( [Restricted] VPN
Indexes all types of materials in the area of public affairs and public policy - journal articles, books and book chapters, reports, government documents. Topics include agriculture, banking, demographics, education, environment, finance, government, health, law, legislation, political science, social sciences, and statistics. Note that PAIS was formerly a CSA database and transitioned to a new interface via Proquest in August, 2012.
Coverage: 1913-present
PsycINFO [via Proquest] ( [Restricted] VPN
PsycINFO is a department of the American Psychological Association (APA). It provides citations to articles in professional journals, conference proceedings, books, reports, dissertations and even important internet sites in psychology and related disciplines, most with abstracts and some citations. (Psychinfo is the incorrect spelling.)
Coverage: 1840-present
PubMed ( [Restricted] VPN
More than 23 million citations and abstracts for articles published in approximately 8,400 journals in medicine, life sciences, health administration, veterinary medicine, nursing, molecular biology and genetics. PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine on the NCBI platform.
Coverage: 1946-present
REHABDATA Database ( [Restricted] VPN

REHABDATA, produced by the National Rehabilitation Information Center, is the leading literature database on disability and rehabilitation. The main file, 1997-present, describes over 12,000 documents covering physical, mental, and psychiatric disabilities, independent living, vocational rehabilitation, special education, assistive technology, law, employment, and other issues as they relate to people with disabilities.

Three main categories of documents are included: (1) reports, studies, and papers submitted by projects funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (as featured in the NIDRR Program Directory); (2) articles published in rehabilitation-related periodicals; and (3) commercially published books. Some non-print materials are also included.

Coverage: 1956-present
Social Services Abstracts [via Proquest] ( [Restricted] VPN
Covers current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development. Abstracts and indexes over 1,600 serials; covers journal articles, dissertations, and book reviews
Coverage: 1980-present
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Sociological Abstracts [via Proquest] ( [Restricted] VPN
Sociological Abstracts Database is a primary resource for accessing the latest research sponsored in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. The database draws information from an international selection of over 2,600 journals and other serials publications, plus conference papers, books, and dissertations. Records added after 1974 contain in-depth and nonevaluative abstracts of journal articles.
Coverage: 1963-present
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SPORTDiscus is the world's leading database in sport, health, fitness and sports medicine. SportDiscus has over 1.7 million qualified references from thousands of international periodicals, books, e-journals, conference proceedings, theses, dissertations, and websites that focus on different areas involving sport, including: sport sciences, engineering, psychology, administration, sociology, history, coaching, training, physical education, physical fitness, health and recreation.

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Coverage: 1800-Present
Women's Studies International [via EBSCO] ( [Restricted] VPN
An interdisciplinary database combined from Women Studies Abstracts (1984-present), Women's Studies Database (1972-present), New Books on Women and Feminism (1987-present), Women of Color and Southern Women (1975-present), and several major bibliographies.
Coverage: 1972 (and earlier)-present

General Databases

Academic Search Complete [via EBSCO] ( [Restricted] VPN
Academic Search Complete (ASC) provides coverage of multidisciplinary, full-text academic journals to support scholarly research in all areas of the arts, humanities and the social, life and physical sciences. The database includes the full-text articles from 9,100 journals, with an additional 13,690 journals indexed and abstracted. Searches can be restricted to peer-reviewed articles.
Coverage: 1887-present

Full-Text Resources

Duke University Press Journals Online ( [Restricted] VPN
The e-Duke Scholarly Collection provides access to current issues of 29 electronic journals from Duke University Press. The list includes 18 titles previously available from Project Muse, in addition to other titles still currently updated in Muse.
Highwire Search and Retrieve ( [Restricted] VPN
Highwire Search and Retrieve is a search engine that allows one to search through the full text of numerous scholarly and peer-reviewed journals, including many that are accessible from the UC Davis IP address or proxy server. The collection contains Duke University Press, Oxford University Press and Sage Electronic Journals, as well as many other university press journals and important academic society publications. Highwire Press is a product of Stanford University.
Taylor and Francis: collection of online journals. ( [Restricted] VPN
Advanced search interface for nearly 1000 online journals published with the Routledge, Taylor & Francis, and Psychology Press imprints. Browse list of titles available. Disciplinary scope and coverage vary.
Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) (

The Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) is an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic analogues to the traditional paper-based theses and dissertations.

This website contains information about the initiative, how to set up Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) programmes, how to create and locate ETDs, and current research in digital libraries related to NDLTD and ETDs.

Project Muse: Scholarly Journals Online ( [Restricted] VPN
Project Muse provides full text access to hundreds of journals in the arts, humanities, social sciences and mathematics. It is useful for searching interdisciplinary cultural studies topics. Its full-text search engine permits finer-grained searching than any other index for these journals. Coverage varies by journal.
Theses Canada (

Theses and dissertations in the Library and Archives of Canada. Full-text theses in PDF format available for some documents. The mission of Theses Canada is to acquire and preserve a comprehensive collection of Canadian theses at the Library and Archives of Canada and provide access to this valuable research within Canada and throughout the world.

As of 2008 there are approximately 300,000 theses and dissertations on microform in Library and Archives Canada's collection. Of these approximately 50,000 are also available electronically.

Guides to Electronic, Print, and Other Resources

Disability Awareness: A Selected Bibliography (
This bibliography explores myths and misconceptions that exist and ways to interact with and write about people with disabilities to foster greater sensitivity and understanding. The bibliography includes books, chapters in books, and periodical articles of general interest, most of which have been published since 1997. Each section, where applicable, also includes videos and CD-ROMs.
Disability and Deafness in East Asia: Social and Educational Responses, from Antiquity to Recent Times: A Bibliography of European-Language Materials with Introduction and Some Annotation (
This bibliography introduces and lists 900 articles, chapters and books connected with social and educational responses to disability, deafness and mental disorders in China, Korea and Japan, from antiquity to 2007.
Disability and Deafness, in the Context of Religion, Spirituality, Belief and Morality, in Middle Eastern, South Asian and East Asian Histories and Cultures: Annotated Bibliography (
This bibliography lists and annotates modern and historical materials in translation, sometimes with commentary, relevant to disability, mental disorders and deafness, in the context of religious belief and practice in the Middle East, South Asia and East Asia, together with secondary literature.
disABILITY and Professional Literature (
This bibliography contains numerous citations for books, articles and dissertations grouped into eight subject categories: Media, Education, Law, Advocacy, Cures, Eugenics, the Medical Establishment, and Sports.
A Guide to Disability Rights Laws (
This guide provides an overview of Federal civil rights laws that ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities.
Media & Disability Bibliography Project (
Lists academic journal articles, books and book chapters, government reports, language and reporting guides, and more related to media issues and disabilities.
New Paradigm of Disability: A Bibliography (
This is an annotated bibliography of books organized by categories: Community/Culture, Disability Studies, Family, Children, & Relationships, History, Identity, Policy/Civil Rights, Children/Young Adults, and separate categories for Radio, Movies, WWW (Internet), Publications and Videos. The list is a compilation of recommendations from a diverse group of disability scholars and activists and other bibliographies. The focus is on disability in the United States, but it also includes international perspectives.
Online Disability Studies Bibliography (
This bibliography attempts to "provide comprehensive listings of published scholarship and printed primary sources. It is multidisciplinary, cross-disability, global, and world historical in scope. Users can search by author, date of publication, keywords, or by topics including countries and geographical regions; genres of cultural representation; historical eras; prominent figures; themes in disability historical experience; and types of disabilities."
Physical and Mental Disability in the Movies: A Bibliography of Books and Articles in the UC Berkeley Libraries (
Complied and annotated by The Media Resources Center (MRC) at the UC Berkeley. The MRC collection is intended to support the broad range of study and research interests on campus. There are particularly strong holdings in humanities and social sciences materials, as well as a broad range of general interest materials in the fields of science and technology.
Social Responses to Disability & Poverty in Economically Weaker Countries. Research, Trends, Critique, and Lessons Usually Not Learnt: Annotated Bibliography of Modern and Historical Material (
This annotated bibliography has 250 modern and historical items from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and a few from South America. It takes a critical view of literature that is based on official government and popular ideologies, and offers some material with a research basis. Disabled people are often disproportionately present among the world's poor, and the numbers in that situation are growing. Some authors have described more carefully the lives, strengths and weaknesses of people in those situations, conveying some of the complexities and some of the ways in which people exert themselves to survive and improve their situation.

Handbooks & Tables

Disability Statistics Reports (
This Disability Statistics Center site provides in-depth statistical analyses of national survey and program data sets. These have been issued as publications of the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research. The Disability Statistics Center produces and disseminates policy-relevant statistical information on the demographics and status of people with disabilities in American society. The Center's work focuses on how that status is changing over time with regard to employment, access to technology, health care, community-based services, and other aspects of independent living and participation in society.
Disability Statistics: An Online Resource for U.S. Disability Statistics (
This site provides access to comprehensive, up-to-date U.S. disability statistics via graphs & charts, tables, and written descriptions. Currently, all statistics are estimated by Cornell University using the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey - Annual Demographic Supplement.
Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities (
This handbook discusses both California and federal laws that protect the rights of individuals with disabilities. California and federal law should be examined together to get a complete picture of the law on a particular topic. In some areas California law provides more legal protection or is more comprehensive; in other areas, federal law is more helpful.
United Nations Statistics Division - Disability Statistics (
This site provides a statistical reference and guide to national sources of disability, basic disability prevalence rates, and questions used in each national survey to identify persons with disabilities.
United States Census Bureau Disability Portal (
This site is the gateway to on-line Census publications relevant to disability. Since the definition of a disability varies, the collection of disability statistics depends on the purpose for which it is being used and the survey collecting the information. While the Census Bureau collects disability data from four household surveys, other agencies also collect disability data. Depending on your needs, one survey may be more suitable than another.
World Health Organization - International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health
This site does not include disability data, but provides extensive information on World Health Organization's current system for classifying disability. The system is noteworthy for its recognition of disability as an interactional process between the person and his or her environment.

Professional Societies

Association on Higher Education and Disability (

AHEAD is the premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education. As an international resource, AHEAD:

* values diversity, personal growth and development, and creativity * promotes leadership and exemplary practices * provides professional development and disseminates information * orchestrates resources through partnership and collaboration

AHEAD dynamically addresses current and emerging issues with respect to disability, education, and accessibility to achieve universal access. Since 1977 AHEAD has delivered quality training to higher education personnel through conferences, workshops, publications and consultation. AHEAD members represent a diverse network of professionals who actively address disability issues on their campuses and in the field of higher education.

Disability History Association (
The Disability History Association (DHA) is an international non-profit organization that promotes the study of disabilities. This includes, but is not limited to, the history of individuals or groups with disabilities, perspectives on disability, representations/constructions of disability, policy and practice history, teaching, theory, and Disability and related social and civil rights movements. The DHA define both history and disability widely. This organization is both inclusive and international, reflected in its choice of diverse topics and approaches. Membership is open to scholars, institutions and organizations, and others working in all geographic regions and all time periods. The DHA offers its members a community of active and interesting historians; access to our resources page, which includes a newsletter, conference information, sample syllabi, and helpful links; as well as an opportunity to help build an exciting field.
Society for Disability Studies (
The Society for Disability Studies (SDS) is an international non-profit organization that promotes the study of disability in social, cultural, and political contexts. Disability Studies recognizes that disability is a key aspect of human experience, and that the study of disability has important political, social, and economic implications for society as a whole, including both disabled and nondisabled people.

Other Resources

Disability Studies Academic Community (
The Disability Studies Academic Community (DISC) website is an international, interdisciplinary, user-generated, digital forum providing support, collegial networks, and information that sustains a disability studies academic community and promotes disability studies in a humanities focus. The DISC offers the opportunity for exchanging and locating information about research, teaching, resources, texts, program and syllabi development, professional opportunities, funding sources, and access guidelines. It serves, too, as a digital repository for multidisciplinary syllabi, an interdisciplinary bibliography, archives of conference presentations, listserv discussions, and exhibits focusing on disability studies. The DISC primarily serves scholars, teachers, students, librarians, and/or program administrators in higher education who are interested in or practice disability studies in a humanities context.
DS-HUM Listserv (
DS-HUM serves as a moderated forum for discussion and a bulletin board for those interested and involved in disability studies across the broad range of humanities scholarship.
H-Disability (
H-Disability is a scholarly discussion group that explores the multitude of historical issues surrounding the experience and phenomenon of "disability." H-Disability was established in response to the growing academic interest and expanding scholarly literature on issues of disability throughout the world.
National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (
The National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR) helps rehabilitation researchers funded through the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) communicate effectively with consumers. NCDDR also helps distribute research results to a variety of audiences. NCDDR collects information from key audiences—including persons with disabilities, direct disability service organizations, and consumer groups—about the research that would be most useful to them. NCDDR staff also conduct demonstration and technical assistance activities related to the dissemination and utilization of rehabilitation research results.
National Organization on Disability (
The mission of the National Organization on Disability (NOD) is to expand the participation and contribution of America's 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. Since 1982, the NOD has been working to expand the participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of American life. In order to help people with disabilities improve their quality of life, the NOD identifies these activities, and learns why participation is low. For these reasons, the NOD has commissioned the Harris Poll to conduct surveys of Americans with disabilities since 1986. A "gap", as the NOD defines it, is the difference in the level of participation between people with and without disabilities as measured in the NOD/Harris surveys. The "gap areas" identified include employment and income, education, community participation and socializing, transportation, political participation, health care, religious participation, and use of technology.
Student Disability Center (
The University of California, Davis, is committed to ensuring equal educational opportunities for students with disabilities. An integral part of that commitment is the coordination of specialized academic support services through the Student Disability Center (SDC). The philosophy of the SDC is to promote independence and integrated participation in campus life for students with disabilities. The SDC is staffed by professional Disability Specialists who specialize in different areas of disability: learning, vision, hearing, medical, psychological, and mobility. The SDC staff are available to answer questions that prospective students may have about services for students with disabilities on campus. The SDC staff also provide information to faculty on working with students with disabilities. The SDC is housed in Student Special Services in 160 South Silo. Please call (530) 752-3184 or stop by if you have any questions.
UC Disability Studies Web (
This is a collaborative space for sharing ideas and information about disability studies among scholars in the University of California system. Browse or contribute resource or event listings, post to the forum or comment on a previous post, use your personal topic as a weblog or as a jumpoff point for an easily editable website... Wikis are an easy and accessible way to publish important information and interesting ideas, and the possiblities are almost limitless!
Untangling the Web: Disability Links (
This website lists an extensive array of Disability-related resources.
Women's Resources and Research Center (
The Women's Resources and Research Center (WRRC) offers educational programs, consulting and referrals, newsletter, discussion groups and advocacy for students, staff and faculty. The WRRC library houses the Forum on Disability Issues book and video collection, a circulating collection featuring alternative and empowering views of disability.