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Early Childhood Education: EDU 221 Disability Topic Paper

Guide to Early Childhood Resources

Searching Techniques

When using databases select full-text to ensure you are looking at articles available in their entirety.

pick articles that can be accessed in their entirety.

Tip-  Read the articles abstract first.

  • The abstract will tell you what the article is about and the results received. This will save you from wasting time reading an article only to find out that it was not exactly what was needed.
  • Quotation marks (" ") are used when you want to search an exact phrase of two or more words. For example: "dog show"

Boolean Operators


Boolean searches allow you to combine words and phrases using Boolean operators (AND, OR, and NOT) to limit, widen, or define your search.


Cats and Dogs brings up results that contain both terms.

Cats or Dogs brings up results that contain either terms.

Cats not dogs only brings up results for one of the terms.


words describing the term databases


As the nation's health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health, safety, and security threats.  It also offers vast information on many diseases and medical conditions.

Every medical condition has its own organization, so looking up disease specific  sites is another good source for background information.

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