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CHD210 - Introduction to Exceptional Children (AL)

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The following websites may provide helpful information on early childhood education and children with disabilies:

Web Searching

Here's how to craft a better search to get fewer and more relevant results in Google:

  • Identify the main ideas in your research question.
          What are inclusion strategies for children with down syndrom?  
  • Use quotation marks around 2 or more words that need to be together.
          "down syndrome" inclusion
  • Limit your search to a specific domain, such as .edu, .gov, or .org
          inclusion "down syndrome"
          autism services
          autism alexandria va
          autism "fairfax county"

More information on advanced Google searching and Google Scholar.

Wikipedia and Academic Research


How Wikipedia CAN be useful in the beginning stages of research:

Check mark A basic overview of your topic.
Check mark Important names, vocabulary and keywords related to your topic.
Check mark Table of contents for some entries, helping you to understand how your topic can be organized.
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References and other websites that may be helpful (though you will need to evaluate them to be sure).

Why NOT to use Wikipedia for academic research:

X  The accuracy and authority of a Wikipedia article cannot be verified.

How to Evaluate Websites

Evaluate websites that have information you would like to use in your assignments. 

For a quick, initial evaluation, look on each website for an "About Us" page to answer some of the following questions:

  • Who is the author?        
  • What are his/her qualifications?
  • Why was the website created?
  • When was it last updated?
  • How reliable is the information?

Learn More About How to Evaluate Websites