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SPE 5626 Advanced Studies in Intellectual Disabilities: Professional Organizations

Education Associations and Journals

Finding Professional Associations

Search Google to identify a professional organization associated with your area of education.

Example Google searches:

  • "special education" association
  • "social studies" "middle school" association
  • art elementary association


  • special education association  >  Council for Exceptional Children  >  Exceptional Children
  • special education association > Council for Exceptional Children > Teaching Exceptional Child

 Council For Exceptional Children Publications

Finding Association Publications Online

You can look for the full-text of an organization's publications (magazines and journals) on their website. You can also search the e-Journals to which the library subscribes.

  1. Organization webpages.  Many professional organizations provide full-text of their articles for free.  They may provide different access for association members and non-members.  Check their webpages to see what is available. 
  2. E-Journal Search.  The library subscribes to paper or electronic versions of many association magazines and scholarly journals.
  • Search the magazine or journal title via the e-Journal search on the library webpage. 


  • Scan and view entire issues of magazines and journals.  Scanning article titles (like a table of contents) provides you with an overview of what is being discussed within the organization/profession.
  • Search for a topic within the publication and then read the articles online.

Education Librarian

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Jennifer Woods
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