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SPED 415/515: Assistive Technology for Students with Special Needs

Professor: Chris Inkster

   Getting Started
  • Ask a Librarian
    Do you have a research question?
    • Ask us in person at the 1st floor Reference Desk:
      Monday-Wednesday 9 am-9 pm, Thursday 9 am-6 pm, Friday 9 am-4 pm, Saturday 10 am-6 pm, Sunday 1 pm-9 pm
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    • Call us at: 320-308-4755 or 877-856-9786 (toll-free)
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  • Assignment Calculator
    Get help with planning and conducting your research, based on your assignments. Sign up for e-mail reminders, too.
  • Research Basics
    From here you will find links to help you get started with your research, including how to find scholarly journals and library resources and services for graduate students.
  • Special Education
    This subject covers: the teaching of students with learning disabilities. Services (such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, etc) are provided within the mainstream class (ie. inclusion)or in a separate clasroom.
Finding Articles and Journals
  • Periodicals Collection in Miller Center (1st floor West)
    • Journal of Special Education Technology
      From the Technology & Media (TAM) Division of the Council for Exceptional Children.

      Unfortunately, this journal is NOT indexed in library databases and is available online ONLY through paid membership in the Council of Exceptional Children.

      Limited online index is available at the link above.
      Browse the article titles on the index.
      Click a title link to see abstract and complete information to request interlibrary loan.
      Current 2 years on shelf.

      Order other issues through Interlibrary Loan by clicking link below.

      • Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
        Complete an interlibrary loan request form to order a book or article that is not available at the Miller Center Library. Use the barcode on the back of your Campus ID. You will receive an email when your item is available for you.
        • Use information from the abstract above to copy and paste into journal request form.
    • Palaestra: Forum of Sport, Physical Education & Recreation for Those with Disabilities
      Indexed in Sports Discus. Full text available for current 2 years in Periodicals area.
    • Sports 'n Spokes: The Magazine for Wheelchair Sports and Recreation
      Indexed in Sport Discus. Current 2 years on shelf.
    • Exceptional Parent
      Indexed in Educator's Reference Complete
  • Academic Search Premier (all topics) from EBSCO Authentication Required
    Academic Search Premier (ASP) contains indexing for nearly 8,050 publications, with full text for more than 4,600 of those titles. ASP provides full-text coverage in biology, chemistry, education, engineering, humanities, physics, psychology, religion and theology, sociology, etc. Tip: Click the check box to limit to Academic (Peer Reviewed) Journals.
    • Sample search in Academic Search Premier:

      In first box: assistive technology
      In second box: child*
      Click SEARCH.

      On left of results screen, click box for Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journals and UPDATE search.
      Look at search results. Click blue title link to see more information.
      Look for additional words under SUBJECTS and add these words to your search.

      In abstract, look for words to indicate the article is based on RESEARCH: case study, survey, interviews, research, study, experiment, etc.

      Click PDF or HTML Full Text if available.
      If not available, click FIND IT! icon.
      Follow red links to full text or to interlibrary loan form.

      In full text of article, look for other articles in the bibliography and search for those.
      To do this, under ARTICLES & DATABASES tab, click JOURNAL & NEWSPAPER TITLES.
      Type in journal title to see if it is available at SCSU -- follow the red links to full text or interlibrary loan.

  • ELM: Electronic Library for Minnesota
    ELM (Electronic Library for Minnesota) gives Minnesota residents online access to magazine, journal, and newspaper articles; eBooks (electronic books); and information from other reference sources via a selection of databases.

    Click General to access Academic Search Premier.

    From off campus, you may need to log on with a local public library barcode.
  • ERIC (Education) Authentication Required
    ERIC is the primary database supporting research in all areas of education, including psychology, administration, and library science. Note: Cambridge links to fulltext for ERIC documents (ED numbers) from 1996 provided by EDRS. Cambridge also provides an easy to use form to order an article through interlibrary loan. For journal articles, only citation information is provided. The Miller Center contains a wide array of journals that are cited in ERIC.
  • PsycINFO Authentication Required
    PsycINFO is the online version of Psychological Abstracts, the premier index for scholarly articles relating to all aspects of psychology and related fields. Foreign language articles are indexed in English. Links to fulltext where SCSU maintains fulltext subscriptions.
  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text (Nursing) Authentication Required
    Search 3,000+ journals in nursing and allied health back to 1937; covers nursing, biomedicine, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health, etc. In addition, the database includes health care books, dissertations, standards of practice, and Evidence-Based Care Sheet. Also legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, drug records, research instruments and clinical trials.
    • Indexes Assistive Technology journal, which is available full text
  • SPORTDiscus Authentication Required
    SPORTDiscus provides comprehensive, bibliographic coverage of sports, fitness and related disciplines; does not contain fulltext but may link to the fulltext of articles in other sources.
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  • Educator's Reference Complete Authentication Required
    This database complements ERIC by providing fulltext to about 1100 journals indexed in ERIC, as well as about a dozen standard reference titles related to Education--such as the encyclopedias of Education, Educational Leadership and Administration, Sociology, and Psychology. Covers all levels and areas of Education.
  • Professional Collection (Education) Authentication Required
    The Professional Collection is a selection of more than 300 full-text journals for educators. It offers balanced coverage for any professional educator in the following areas: arts and humanities; child and adolescent psychology and development; drug and alcohol abuse; health/nutrition/fitness; learning disabilities; literature; school law; science and technology; social sciences; and sports/athletic training
  • PubMed
    PubMed, produced at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and provided for free, contains over 15 million citations from biomedical and health science journals. Access additional databases including BioEthicsLine, AIDSline (AIDS information), HistLine (History of Medicine), Toxline (toxicology) and many genetic databases.
Finding Books
  • Finding Books at Other Libraries
    Links to WorldCat, MnCAT (U of Mn libraries), Great River Regional Libraries (including St. Cloud Public Library), and catalogs
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
Complete an interlibrary loan request form to order a book or article that is not available at the Miller Center Library. Use the barcode on the back of your Campus ID. You will receive an email when your item is available for you.
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Using the Internet
  • Minnesota Department of Education Assistive Technology
    The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) supports a variety of Assistive Technology (AT) initiatives designed to help ensure that students with disabilities have access to appropriate assistive technology and receive a free, appropriate public education.
  • Disability Minnesota
    Provides a single entry point to over 100 Minnesota state agency programs, products, and services that are devoted to the range of disability issues. Gain access to laws, statutes, and regulations in pertinent disability-related areas.
  • Special Education Resources on the Web (SERI)
    SERI compiles useful links for about 25 special education topics, including legal issues, learning disabilities, inclusion, behavior disorders, and transition. Updated frequently
  • provides quick and easy access to comprehensive information about disability programs, services, laws and benefits.
    Standards.Gov offers background materials and useful links for locating information about the use of standards in government. The Assistive Technology page pulls together the accessibility guidelines and standards, federal and state laws, and other assistive technology resources.
  • The Alliance for Technology Access
    The ATA is a national network of community-based resource centers, product developers, vendors, service providers, and individuals. We provide information and support services to children and adults with disabilities, and work to increase their use of technology.
  • ASHA - Assistive Technology
    The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association sponsors this page on Assistive Technology and gives information on Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs).
    ABLEDATA provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources.
Creating Your Bibliography
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA)
    Official manual for APA documentation. Available in print only, in the Ready Reference section of the library, 1st floor. Latest edition is 6th edition, 2010.
    • Location(s): READY REF BF76.7 .P83 2010
    Check MnPALS Catalog for Location and Availability
Need Further Help?
  • Chris Inkster
    Office: MC 140-H
    Phone: (320) 308-4930
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