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Welcome to the Polk State College library guide for research topics related to ableism.  Below you will find a selection of ebooks/books and databases. If you need help, click the link for Ask a Librarian.



"discrimination or prejudice against individuals with disabilities"

Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Ableism. In dictionary 

Searching Tips

Searching Tips

Remember to the read any guidelines for your assignment before searching and finding sources. Make sure any articles used match the criteria set by your professor.

Consider the following:

  • Does your source need to be current?
  • Do articles need to be from a peer-reviewed journal?
  • Do you have to have certain types of sources (e.g. ebooks or articles)?
  • Is there minimum or maximum number of sources you need to use?

All these questions can usually be answered by reading your assignment guidelines. If there are specifications (e.g. the articles need to be from peer-reviewed journals) it is a good idea to select those limits when searching.

Starting Search Words



"handicapped discrimination" 

"discrimination against people with disabilities" 

"disability rights" 

"disability law" 

"americans with disabilities act" OR ADA

disability AND (prejudice OR discrimination)

To find more results, try combining these terms with OR, for example:

ableism OR ableist

To compare the nuances between search words, try searching just one word/phrase and then another. For example, search "disability rights." Then, search "disability law."  How are the results different? 

Experiment with removing the quotes and/or hypens, as well as different combinations of terms and phrases.

Lastly, think about what aspect of the topic is of interest to you. Are you interested in handicapped discrimination directed towards people with a particular disability? If so, you might want to search "handicapped discrimination" AND the specific disability. Use parentheses to corral the synonymous terms together. For example: "handicapped discrimination" AND (blind OR "visually impaired")

If you are not sure and are just interested in the topic, then a broad search is a good idea to browse the results and see what you find interesting: disability AND (prejudice OR discrimination)




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