Special Education: Reference Sources

Special Education Reference Books

These encyclopedias and handbooks on special education and related topics can help you get started on a research project or give you ideas for new avenues of research.

SAGE Handbook of Special Education. (Los Angeles: SAGE, 2014)
(Print only: LC3965 .S235 2014--Peabody Library stacks)

Encyclopedia of Special Education. 3 volumes. (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2007)
(Print only: LC4007 .E53 2007 -- Peabody Library reference)

Handbook of Research-Based Practices for Educating Students with Intellectual Disability. (New York, NY: Routledge, 2018)
(Online only)

Cambridge Handbook of Child Language. (2nd ed.) (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP, 2015)
(Online only)

Cambridge Handbook of Communication Disorders. (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP, 2013)
(Online only)

Encyclopedia of Bilingual Education. 2 volumes. (Los Angeles: Sage, 2008)
(Online and print: LC3707 .E523 2008 -- Peabody Library reference)

Encyclopedia of Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent. 2 volumes. (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2009)
(Print only: LC3993.2 .E63 2009 -- Peabody Library reference)

Encyclopedia of Language and Education. 8 volumes. (Boston: Kluwer, 1997)
(Print only: P40.8 .E53 -- Peabody Library reference)

SAGE Encyclopedia of Contemporary Early Childhood Education. 3 volumes. (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2016)
(Print only: LB1139.23 .S245 2016 -- Peabody Library stacks)

Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders. (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2014)
(Online only)

Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Clinical Handbook. (New York: Oxford UP, 2018)
(Print only: RC553 .A88 A37 2018 -- Peabody Library stacks)

Handbook of Early Childhood Special Education. (Switzerland: Springer, 2016)
(Print only: LC4801 .H353 2016 -- Peabody Library stacks)

Handbook of Language and Speech Disorders. (Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)
(Online only)

Handbook of Learning Disabilities. (New York: Guilford Press, 2003)
(Print only: LC4704 .H364 2003 -- Peabody Library reference)

Handbook of Research on Special Education Teacher Preparation. (New York: Routledge, 2014)
(Print only: LC3969.45 .H345 2014 -- Peabody Library stacks)

Handbook of Reading Disability Research. (New York: Routledge, 2011)
(Print only: LB1050.5 .H265 2011--Peabody Library stacks)

Handbook of Reading Research. 4 volumes. (New York: Longman, 1984 -  )
(Print only: LB1050 .H278 1984 -- Peabody Library reference)

Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Disability. (New York: Oxford UP, 2013)
(Online and print: BF204.6 .O953 2013 -- Peabody Library stacks)


The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (often abbreviated DSM-5) is the standard reference for information on the classification and diagnosis of psychiatric disorders. You can find a print copy in the reference section of Peabody Library (call number RC455.2 .C4 D54). Or you can read DSM-5 online here.