James H. Thomason Library

SPED 305 Course Guide: Reading for Special Education
Reference Sources

  Dictionaries & Thesauri
  Tests & Measures
  Children's Literature
  Recommended Texts
Locating Books
Locating Articles
  Article Databases & Indexes
  K-12 Student Databases
  Key Journals
  Journal Finder
Web Sites
  General Resources in Special Education
  Activity Guides, Lesson Plans, Curricula
  Reading Assessment
  Professional Associations
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Reference Sources:    
Dictionaries & Thesauri   back to top

The Greenwood Dictionary of Education, Greenwood Press, 2003.
Main Level, Reference: R 370.3 G856G

A Critical Dictionary of Educational Concepts: An Appraisal of Selected  
Ideas and Issues in Educational Theory and Practice
, St. Martin’s Press, 1986.
Main Level, Reference: R 370.321 B279C

A Dictionary of Psychology [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2006.
Includes definitions of terms related to developmental psychology, cognition, etc.

Learning Theories, A to Z, Oryx Press, 2002.
Main Level, Reference: 
R 370.3 L553L 
Provides definitions for 500 terms and identifies the major area of learning theory under which each term falls: behaviorism, cognitivism, constructivism, humanism, organizational learning, or educational technology.

Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors, Oryx Press, 2001.
Main Level, Ready Reference: RR 025.4937 T343T
Provides terms for use as controlled vocabulary (descriptors) in searching the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) database. Brief scope notes or definitions within an educational context are provided for many terms. Broader (BT), narrower (NT), and related terms (NT) direct users to other relevant descriptors. Also available online in the ERIC database via EBSCO (click on Thesaurus link below “Advanced Search” tab) and from the free government ERIC.ed.gov site.

Encyclopedias   back to top


Continuum Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature [Credo Reference] Contiuum International Publishing, 2001.
Covers 150 years of children's literature in many cultures. Topical articles include “The Disabled in Children's Literature,” “African American Literature,”  “Picture Books,” “Comic Books and Graphic Novels,” and  “Young Adult Literature.”

Early Childhood Education: An International Encyclopedia, Praeger Publishers, 2007.
Main Level, Reference: R 372.2103 Ea76E  [4 vols]

  The Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

Encyclopedia of American Education, Facts on File, 2001.
Main Level, Reference: R 370.973 Un3E  [3 vols]  
This set contains over 2,000 entries covering topics such as the evolution of school curriculum, education funding, and church-state controversies, multiculturalism, Appendices include an extensive bibliography for each subject area; a general chronology of American education since 1607; a summary of significant federal education legislation.

Encyclopedia of Education, Macmillan Reference USA, 2003.  
Main Level, Reference: R 370.3 En19E3 [8 vols]
This set covers a wide range of educational topics. The primary focus is on U.S. practices and institutions, from preschool to higher education. However, international coverage can be found throughout the set in articles on countries or regions.

Encyclopedia of Educational Research, Macmillan, 1992.
Main Level, Reference: R 370.78 En19E 1992 [4 vols]

Encyclopedia of Human Development  [SAGE eReference] SAGE, 2006.
A-Z reference that opens the broad discipline of human development to a wide and general audience.

Encyclopedia of Learning Disabilities, Facts on File, 2006.
Main Level, Reference: R 371.903 T847E
More than 600 alphabetically arranged entries cover conditions, means of identification, treatments, legal issues, and individuals who have made a contribution to research in the field.

  Encyclopedia of Human Development Bookcover


Handbooks   back to top

Complete Reading Disabilities Handbook: Ready-to-Use Techniques for Teaching Reading Disabled Students, Center for Applied Research in Education, 1993. 
Lower Level, Curriculum Collection: 371.9144 M619C

The General Educator's Guide to Special Education: A Resource Handbook for All Who Teach Students with Special Needs, Peytral Publications, 2004.  
Lower Level, Curriculum Collection: 371.9 M111G

Handbook of Reading Research. Volume III, L. Erlbaum Associates, c2000.  
Lower Level, Curriculum Collection:  372.4 H191H

Building Reading Comprehension Habits in Grades 6-12:  A Toolkit of Classroom Activities
, International Reading Association, 2004. 
Upper Level, Circulating Collection: 428.40712 Z97B
Contents: A crash course in reading comprehension -- Curriculum design : Assessment and instruction that build comprehension habits -- Organizing text information : Sculpting the main idea and summarizing -- Connecting to background knowledge -- Making inferences and predictions -- Generating and answering questions -- Understanding and remembering word meanings -- Comprehension monitoring.

Ready, Set, Read!: Hundreds of Exciting, Skill-Appropriate, Ready-to-Use Reading Readiness Activities, Crystal Springs Books, c1999. 
Lower Level, Curriculum Collection: 372.414 F333R

Special Education: A Reference Handbook, ABC-CLIO, 2001.
Lower Level, Curriculum Collection: 371.90973 Sa14S

Tests & Measures   back to top

Mental Measurements Yearbook, Buros Institute, 2007 (plus earlier editions).
Main Level, Reference: R 016.1512 B937M 2007
From the Buros Institute, contains descriptive information & critical reviews of commercially available standardized English-language educational, personality, aptitude, neuropsychological, achievement &  intelligence tests. Each entry includes test name and classification; author(s); publisher, publication date; price; time requirements; existence of validity and reliability data; score descriptions; levels and intended populations

Tests in Print, Buros Institute, 2006 (plus earlier editions).
Main Level, Reference: R 016.1512 B937T8
Also published by Buros Institute. Provides indexing for the Mental Measurements Yearbook. Information provided includes the authors, publishers, cost of published tests and references to reviews.


Children's Literature   back to top

Beacham’s Guide to Literature for Young Adults,  Beacham Pub., 1989-2001. 
Main Level, Reference: R 028.162 B353B [11 vols]
A multi-volume compilation of more than 200 analytical essays on and study activities for fictional and biographical works written for young adults. Includes a short biography for the author of each analyzed work.

Children's Catalog,  H.W. Wilson Co., 2006(plus supplements).
Main Level, Reference: R 028.5 W693C

Continuum Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature [CREDO Reference], Continiuum International Publishing, 2001.  
See description under section “Encyclopedias” above.

Middle and Junior High Core Collection , H.W. Wilson Co., 2009.
Main Level, Reference: R 028.52 M584M

Senior High Core Collection , H.W. Wilson, 2007 (plus supplements).
Main Level, Reference: R 028.52 Se57S  


Recommended Texts   back to top

Assessment for Reading Instruction, Guilford Press, 2003. 
Lower Level, Curriculum Collection: 372.48 M199A

The Five-W’s: A Teaching Resource, Remedia Publications, c2000.
Lower Level, Curriculum Collection: 372.43 F586F

Readers at Risk: 160 Activities to Develop Language Arts Skills in the Inclusive Classroom,Jossey-Bass, 2005. 
Lower Level, Curriculum Collection: 371.90446 Um7R

Successful Inclusion Strategies for Secondary and Middle School Teachers: Keys to Help Struggling Learners Access the Curriculum, Corwin Press, 2004. 
Lower Level, Curriculum Collection: 371.952 G665S

Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level, Knopf, 2003.  
Lower Level, Curriculum Collection: 371.9144 Sh290

What Research Has to Say About Reading Instruction, International Reading Association, 2002. 
Upper Level, Circulating Collection: 428.4 W556W

Teaching Reading in Middle School, Scholastic Professional Books, c2000.  
Lower Level, Curriculum Collection: 372.4 R532T

How the Brain Learns to Read, Corwin Press, 2005. 
Upper Level, Circulating Collection: 418.4 So85H

Locating Books   back to top


Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              

Farstrup, Alan E. [as AUTHOR]

  Sullivan, Annie [as SUBJECT]  
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress Subject Headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to reading:
  Oral Reading
  Reading Comprehension
  Reading Disability
  Reading (Elementary)
  Reading Phonetic Method
  Reading Psychology of
  Reading Readiness
  Special Education United States

Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • If you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use, try a KEYWORD search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."
  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips

· Add * to the root of a word to truncate or expand
a term:
read* = read, reads, reader, reading

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
read* AND classroom techniques
developmentally appropriate AND activities

· Use OR between words to expand your search
assessment OR evaluation
high school* OR secondary education

When using OR terms in the same search with AND terms always nest the OR terms together with parentheses:
instructional strategies AND reading AND
special education OR disabilities)

(high school* OR secondary education) AND language arts

Try KEYWORD searching with ThomCat, other library catalogs & library databases

PASCALCAT - Now available! If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your search here for books in other academic libraries in SC. Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.

WorldCat – A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in PASCALCAT.

Interlibrary Loan - ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Check link for instructions.

Locating Articles:    
Article Databases & Indexes back to top

The following journal databases are available to PC students, faculty, and staff from on- and off-campus locations.  Search using terms dealing with your topic.

 ERIC Educational Resource Information Clearinghouse [EBSCOhost]
The most comprehensive index to materials in education, ERIC provides full-text of more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 1,000 educational and education-related journals. Also provides indexing/abstracts for ERIC Documents, which include conference proceedings, research reports, speeches, curriculum guides, etc.  Use the ERIC Thesaurus (online or print) as an aid in selecting descriptors (subject terms) for searching this database.  Linked full-text provided for articles available in Academic Search Premier database.

Academic Search Premier [EBSCOhost]
provides coverage for a broad range of disciplines, including education, educational psychology, etcIncludes a large number of full-text articles, as well as citations with abstracts.

Academic OneFile [Thomson Gale]
provides coverage for a broad range of disciplines, including education, educational psychology, etc. A large number of full-text articles, as well as citations with abstracts.

PsycINFO [EBSCOhost]
This databases provides citations with abstracts and some linked full text for journals and other publications in psychology, and includes coverage for developmental psychology and  educational psychology .

Full-text articles from psychology journals, most of which are published by the American Psychological Association. Includes coverage of educational psychology and developmental psychology articles.

K-12 Databases   back to top

DISCUS Databases by Grade Level    

Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
List of subscription databases funded through the SC General Assembly. The South Carolina State Library administers DISCUS, South Carolina’s Virtual Library, in cooperation with the state’s school, college and public libraries. DISCUS databases are available to all SC residents and college students.

InfoTrac Student Edition [DISCUS]
This periodical database is designed for high-school students with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

InfoTrac Junior Edition [DISCUS]
This periodical database is designed for students in junior high and middle school with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more.   

Kid’s InfoBits [DISCUS]
Developed especially for beginning researchers in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Featuring a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, the most popular search method is moving from a broad subject to a narrower topic using the subject-based topic tree. The curriculum-related, age appropriate, full-text content is from the best elementary reference sources and magazines. This database covers geography, current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.   

MAS Ultra: School Edition [EBSCOhost]
Full text for more than 700 popular high school level magazines.

New Book of Knowledge (Grolier) [DISCUS]
Encyclopedia intended for juvenile audience (especially middle school level). Provides informative articles, maps and illustrations, facts and figures, Wonder Questions, and projects and activities. NBK News feature provides weekly current events stories plus special features geared especially for young students.

SIRS Knowledge Source  [DISCUS]
Resource suitable for secondary school students Comprised of four modules: SIRS Researcher, SIRS Government Reporter, SIRS Renaissance, and SIRS WebSelect. With both browse and search capabilities, SIRS Researcher offers categories such as World Maps, Leading Issues, Suggested Research Topics, etc.

SIRS Discoverer [DISCUS]
Resource suitable for primary students Features include:  Maps of the world (geographic, political, outline maps); Pathfinders on a variety of topics, Educators’ Resources.  Use “Browse Subject Tree” icons to browse categories such as Animals, Arts, Environment, Science, etc. for a list of full-text articles from sources such as Weekly Reader, National Geographic Kids, Scholastic News, etc.

Books & Authors (Previously known as What Do I Read Next?) [DISCUS]
Includes over 125,100 recommended titles, more than 67,900 plot summaries, & awards information from 568 awards, all to help users uncover new reading adventures, find long-remembered favorites, & discover award-winning titles. Search by genre, subject, author, title, series, & more. A monthly highlights page allows the user to see selections of award winners, upcoming titles, and titles that revolve around different subjects each month.

Key Journals   back to top

Reading-specific journals:

Annals of Dyslexia    
An interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the scientific study of dyslexia and related language disabilities. IDA publishes Annals in partnership with Springer.

Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 

 For teachers of older learners, this journal offers practical, classroom-tested ideas grounded in research and theory.  

Literacy (formerly titled Reading)

Literacy Today

Reading and Writing Quarterly 
Available in Academic Search Premier from 1997 to present, with 12 month full-text delay (embargo)

Reading Improvement   
Magazine for teachers of reading and language arts.

Reading Research Quarterly    
In addition to peer-reviewed articles, Reading Research Quarterly includes: theory & research into practice; new directions in research; international reports on literacy research; book reviews, and supplementary online-only content.

Reading Online  
Disseminates information to improve instruction for regular and special education students who have difficulty learning to read and write. Interdisciplinary in scope, the journal addresses the causes, prevention, evaluation, and remediation of reading and writing difficulties in regular and special education settings.

Reading Teacher     
Every issue of RT includes a host of practical, hands-on ideas for the classroom, each one based on sound theory. Regular columns on such topics as struggling readers, family literacy, urban education, and technology give you insight on important issues in literacy teaching and learning. Rounding things out are reviews of children’s books and professional materials.

General education journals that include some coverage of reading, literacy, and language arts:

American Journal of Education 
Bridging the span between research , theory, & implementation, this journal addresses all areas of education, particularly as they relate to policy, practice, & philosophy.

Childhood Education 
Written for educators working with children from birth to age 13, the journal supports a child-centered approach to education that incorporates the influence of school, home, & the community. Classroom activities, research articles, reviews of children’s & professional books, & association information are included in each issue.

Comparative Education
Publishes refereed articles that address multicultural, comparative, & international education concerns.

Early Childhood Education Journal 
Directed to early childhood educators, child care providers, researchers, & early childhood program administrators, the contents of this journal include refereed articles, case studies, program descriptions, and print  & non-print media reviews.

Concerned with all levels of education, the focus is on teaching and innovative practices. Research-based, theoretical, or essay articles are included.

Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities
Focuses on identification & assessment, educational programming, characteristics, teacher training, prevention, community interactions, and legislation as they affect the education & welfare of persons with developmental disabilities.

Educational Forum
Published by Kappa Delta Pi, with a focus on educational improvement. Provides scholarly articles related to practice, current issues, the teaching profession.

Educational Leadership  
Published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). Provides association information, books reviews, essay and opinion articles. Directed to elementary, middle school, and secondary school leaders. Topics include curriculum instruction, supervision, and leadership.

The Elementary School Journal 
Focuses  on educational theory & research and its impact on teaching within the elementary and middle school classroom

Intervention in School and Clinic 
Practical methods & techniques for working with special needs individuals. Includes research articles, teaching tips, and book & product reviews.

Journal of Education  
Each issue of this general education journal has a thematic focus. Publishes scholarly, analytical, and reflective articles related to pre-K through higher education.

Journal of Educational Psychology 
Articles cover cognition, motivation, special populations, learning styles, etc.

Journal of Educational Research 
Focused on elementary & secondary education, this journal includes research articles andsyntheses that address all area. Experimental, evaluative, ethnographic, and replicative studies are included, as are reviews of methodologies and products.

Journal of Learning Disabilities
Original contributions of practice, research and theory related to learning disabilities, including reports of research, opinion papers, case reports and discussion of issues that are the concern of all disciplines engaged in the field.

Journal of Research in Childhood Education 
With its emphasis on childhood education through early adolescence, this journal includes a mixture of empirical and theoretical articles, case studies, observation studies, ethnographic and cross-cultural studies, and international research reports.

Journal of Special Education  
A multidisciplinary publication presenting primary research and scholarly reviews related to special education.

Phi Delta Kappan 
Contains articles related to educational research, leadership, & service. Regular features include legal cases, federal activity, and editorial commentaries.


Remedial and Special Education 
Emphasizing research articles with practical applications, RASE includes information useful to the practitioner, administrator, teacher educator, and teacher-in-training.

Teaching Exceptional Children
Published by the Council for Exceptional Children, this journal contains council information, reviews of relevant ERIC items, and practical methods & materials for working with children with disabilities.

Theory Into Practice 
Each issue has a thematic focus, and presents diverse views on a single topic related to educational issues, policies, or theories.

Topics in Early Childhood Education  
Articles, review articles, commentary and book reviews that focus on different aspects of early childhood special education. Topics include staff development, technical assistance, intervention programs, research and practice in early intervention.


Journal Finder   back to top


Journal Finder provides access to PC's electronic and print journals, magazines, and newspapers in one convenient location.

Browse Journal Finder by title or subject. When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available in the Full-text resources online group of results. Choose a database in this group based on the dates available and the time frame in which you are interested.

Library article databases are inter-connected by Journal Finder, which will lead you to the full-text of an article when available.


Web Sites   back to top
Special Education General   back to top


SERI  Special Education Resources on the Web  Deals with special education

Internet Special Education Resources

Resources for Dyslexic Students  Site maintained by  ISER: Internet Special Education Resources.

Reading Rockets: Launching Young Readers

National Center for Learning Disabilities  Published online newsletter, LD News, as well as LD Essentials and  Recognition & Response 
This site offers information and resources to help early educators address the needs of young children (3 to 5 year-olds) who show signs that they may not be learning in an expected manner, even before they begin kindergarten. NCLD also maintains the site Get Ready to Read, which provides an online screening tool developed to measure pre-reading skills.

LD onLine  
This site bills itself as “the leading web site on learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and other professionals.”  Includes in-depth articles, a comprehensive listing of resources, bulletin boards, audio clips, plus KidZone, stories and artwork by children with LD. Contains information on learning disabilities, learning disorders, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dysnomia, speech disorders, reading difficulties, and special education.


Activity Guides, Lesson Plans, Curricula   back to top

Awesome Library
Provides links to a selective list of resources, including lesson plans, homework helpers, professional resources, etc.

Gateway to Educational Materials  [U.S. Department of Education]
Provides access to lesson plans, instructional units, and other resources.

The Educator’s Reference Desk  [AskERIC]
This collection contains more than 2,000 unique lesson plans which were written and submitted by teachers from all over the United States and the world.

Discovery Channel Lesson Plans K-12   

Web English Teacher
Well-organized, high-quality source for English/Language Arts online teaching resources. Aimed primarily at middle and high school levels.   

Education World
Comprehensive resources include lesson plans, practical information, information on integrating technology into the classroom, site reviews, features and columns, teacher and principal profiles, chats, and job listings.

FREE: Federal Resources for Educational Excellence [U.S. Dept. of Education]
Covers arts, music, health, physical education, history, social studies, language arts, math, & sciences.

Blue Web’n  
Outstanding Internet sites categorized by subject, grade level, and format (tools, references, lessons, hotlists, resources, tutorials, activities, projects). You can also browse by broad subject area (Content Areas) or specific sub-categories (Subject Area).

International Children’s Digital Library  [ICDL Foundation]
The ICDL Foundation's goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world. Ultimately, the Foundation aspires to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children's literature from the world community.

Reading Assessment  

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ERICAE.NET: Clearinghouse on Assessment & Evaluation
Provides links to full-text books, reports, journal articles, newsletter articles and papers that address educational measurement, evaluation and learning theory.

Lexile Framework for Reading: Linking Assessment with Reading Level
The Lexile Book Database contains more than 100,000 English and Spanish fiction and non-fiction titles from more than 450 publishers. Once you know a student’s Lexile measure, you can search the database for books that fall within his or her Lexile range.

[The Lexile Framework® for Reading is a scientific approach to reading and text measurement. It includes the Lexile measure and the Lexile scale. The Lexile measure is a reading ability or text difficulty score followed by an “L” (e.g., “850L”). The Lexile scale is a developmental scale for reading ranging from below 200L for beginning-reader material to above 1700L for advanced text. All Lexile Framework products, tools and services rely on the Lexile measure and scale to match reader and text.  Includes a Lexile Glossary.]

Reading Resources  [Southwest Educational Development Laboratory]
Information on various reading assessment techniques. Topics include cognitive elements of reading, language comprehension, decoding, semantics, syntax, etc.  Includes a Reading Assessment Database, with descriptions and links to publishers’ sites (some tests are free, others may be purchased). Also includes interactive version of “The Cognitive Foundations of Learning to Read: A Framework.” Most components include: In-Depth Description, Assessment Techniques, Instructional Activities, and Related Research.


Professional Associations   back to top

Council for Exceptional Children 
CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.  Publishes the journals Exceptional Children and Teaching Exceptional Children, as well as numerous monographs.

Council for Learning Disabilities
Publishes Learning Disabilities Quarterly, as well as Intervention in School & Clinic.

International Reading Association

“A professional organization for those involved in teaching reading to learners of all ages. Our members are dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction, disseminating research and information about reading, & encouraging the lifetime reading habit.”  Publishes Reading Teacher, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, and Reading Research Quarterly.

International Dyslexia Association
“The purpose of IDA is to pursue and provide the most comprehensive range of information and services that address the full scope of dyslexia and related difficulties in learning to read and write. . .The IDA actively promotes effective teaching approaches and related clinical educational intervention strategies for dyslexics.”

Learning Disabilities Association of America
LDA is the largest non-profit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities. The membership, composed of individuals with learning disabilities, family members and concerned professionals, advocates for the almost three million students of school age with learning disabilities and for adults affected with learning disabilities.

National Center for Learning Disabilities
Publishes LD News, a free monthly e-publication addressing issues related to learning disabilities for parents, care-givers, educators, advocates and individuals with learning disabilities.

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