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Accessibility and Disability

Search Tip #1

A search term can be used in combination with another search term to improve the relevance of your search results in databases, the Library's Discover and Catalog searches, and even in Google and other search engines.

To find materials about identity among people with disabilities, start with the search term "disability" then add a second or even third search term.


  • disability AND identity
  • disability AND policy
  • disability AND representation AND culture

Search Tip #2

Try searching "disability" as a subject instead of a keyword to limit results to materials that are about people with disabilities. A keyword search only means that your searched term appears somewhere in the text of the books and articles in your results.

To broaden your results to materials that are likely to cover other demographics, a search term like accessibility, "differently abled", or specific disabilities (like deaf, blind or "learning disability" may be effective.

Search Tip #3

As an example, here are just a few of the subject terms we noted when retrieving the books listed on this page:

People with disabilities - legal status, laws, etc.  Identity (Psychology)
Capacity and disability Sociology of Disability
Women with Disabilities Disability Studies - Sociology
Group identity Sociology of disability
People with disabilities - social conditions Discrimination against people with disabilities
Disability discrimination Academic accommodations (disabilities)
Disability identification Learning disabilities