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This recurring journal-issue section is "ideally suited to articles which seek to raise the voices of those who are seldom heard in academic journals and we welcome articles which air controversies and contentions and which stimulate discussion and debate."
CRS is the US Congress's research unit. CRS reports are timely summaries of policy issues aimed to inform Congress.
Bibliographies and Guides to the Literature
Bibliographies are lists of works organized around a topic, while guides to the literature are systematic introductions to the literature of a field.
Literature reviews are a handy way to get quickly into the scholarly literature. A typical literature-review article will provide a narrative that identifies and describes dozens of journal articles and books.
Ann Rev articles are lengthy literature reviews with BIG bibliographies. Useful for both the text summary and the citations for further reading. Ann Rev journals cover anthropology, psychology, law and economics, political science, sociology, and medical disciplines. Relevant lit reviews include:
• "Disability worlds" / Faye Ginsburg & Rayna Rapp. Annual Review of Anthropology 42 (2013): 53-68.
• "Social security and disability due to mental impairment in adults" / Howard H Goldman et al. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology 14 (2018): 453-469.
• "Social movements in health" / Theodore M Brown & Elizabeth Fee. Annual Review of Public Health 35 (2014): 385-398.
Print. Nichigai Asoshiētsu, 2017.
While this work describes Japanese-language works, freestanding books that are bibliographies may be helpful in exploring past research. Other examples can be found using this Franklin Catalog "Keyword Expert: search: subject:(disab* AND bibliography)
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
Use dictionaries and encyclopedias to learn quickly about the state of research on your topic. A good encyclopedia article should describe major themes, current research fronts, and controversial areas; it should also provide a brief bibliography of classic, important, or definitive works on your topic.
Online. 8 vols. SAGE, 2011-2013.
Important handbook collection that covers social, policy, and behavioral aspects of disability. The volumes cover: Arts and humanities, Assistive technology and science, Disability through the life course, Education, Employment and work, Ethics law and policy, Health and medicine, and Rehabilitaition interventions.
Reviewed as a "valuable reference that impressively substantiates Deaf studies as a well-developed scholarly discipline. It also compellingly documents the lives of Deaf people as an integral part of the tapestry of both US and world history. (Sign Languages Studies, 2017 review)
Online. An excellent survey of contemporary social service and policy, welfare, and support. Articles include policy information, bibliographies, and glossaries of jargon. Combining the current online version with ts many and frequent print updates since its 1929 origin in the Social Work Year Book provide snapshots of contemporary U.S. and international social policy and related topics.
Oxford University Press, 2012. A collection of more than 450 brief articles on chronological periods, everyday life, movements and social reform, social order, migration, work and leisure, gender and family, and more. Rather than browse or search, start with the "Topical Outline of Entries". This work does not quite supersede the classic Encyclopedia of American social history (Scribners, 1993).
Wiley-Blackwell, 2018. More than 810 entries on major theories, theorists, schools of thought, disciplines, debates, doctrines, and methodologies. Updates Encyclopedia of social theory / George Ritzer, ed. (SAGE, 2005).
Online via American Psychiatric Association Publishing.
Searchable fulltext tor Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), earlier DSM editions, and related reference and training works.
Handbooks generally offer chapters on specific aspects of a topic. As a collection of essays, the handbook's chapters should provide a broad overview of the state of research; individually, chapters may be narrowly focused.
2 vols. American Psychological Association, 2021.
Vol. 1, Foundations covers origins and overviews, causality and variation, diagnosis, treatment, and labeling. Vol. 2, Clinical and educational implications : prevention, intervention, and treatment covers evidence-based practice and treatment, and a variety of lifespan issues.
Online. Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
Comprehensive survey grouped around major themes, with bibliographical references. See the 2001 Blackwell companion to medical sociology for summaries of regional or national health care practices around the world.
Oxford University Press, 2014.
Historical survey, theoretical perspectives, analyses of specific programs, and implications for specific social categories. Includes chapters on "Programs for the Disabled".
Online. Oxford University Press, 2022. Short chapters that make up this comprehensive guide to social work practice, covering social worker roles, functions, and fields, on values, ethics, and licensing standards, theoretical foundations and treatment approaches, assessment, and working with specific populations.