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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 the historical and political aspects of people with disabilities, start with the search term disability then add a second or even third search term.


  • disability AND politics
  • disability AND policy
  • disability AND history AND policy

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.

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:

Public Health Policy and Practice  Citizenship - Social Policy
Equality & Human Rights Disability Studies
Social Work and Disability Disabled Persons
Disability retirement Disability insurance
Sociology of disability People with mental disabilities