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Kelly Dermody
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Disability Studies Keywords (Search Words)

Your keyword search will pull results based on the content of your source and the search terms assigned by the author/ publisher and the Library of Congress Classification system.

 Here are examples of some library search terms:

  • Disability, Disability Studies, Sociology of Disability
  • People with Disabilities, persons with disabilities 
  • Mental Health, Mental Illness, mentally ill
  • Psychotherapy, Psychiatry
  • Deafblind, visual disabilities, hearing impaired, hearing disabilities

PLUS words like: 

  • Social Aspects,
  • Activism,
  • Biography or Literature
  • Community or Mass Media   
  • Care,
  • History 
  • Employment
  • etc.,

How it Works: 

Take any of these terms and connect them with AND in capital letters-  (This is Boolean Searching)

Eg: Mental Illness AND biography AND Canada

Yellow Question Mark For more Help with keywords and "boolean searching" 

New Lexicon to Try:

Article Databases are now able to search the body of full text articles. That means the search engine will be able to pull articles written with new research terms. So try these search terms as well:



Anti-Oppressive Practice



Crip Theory

Mad identity/pride/community etc……

Identity Politics



Social constructionism




Service user (common term in the UK)

Recovery discourse


Try searching with your keywords in the search box above.