CD 6392 (Dr. Barnes): Special Topics: Asperger's Syndrome

Purpose: To acquaint you with materials in Cornette Library and on the World Wide Web that will make research for your assignment easier.

Reference Sources

DSM-IV
RC 455.2 .C4 D54 1994 (Reference)
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed. Published by the American Psychological Association. Defines and lists criteria for psychiatric disorders. Asperger's Syndrome was not added to the DSM until 1994. Updated 2000 edition, DSM-IV-TR, available on Reserve Shelves in Circulation Department.
Encyclopedia of Psychology
BF 31 .E52 2000 (Reference)
Has a very short discussion of Asperger's disorder, autism, and the savant syndrome. Includes bibliography.
Mental Measurements Yearbook
Z 5814 .P8 B932 (Reference)
Includes reviews of psychological tests. Will list publisher, price, and scoring information. Editions are not cumulative. Have 1938 to current edition.
Psychiatric Dictionary
RC 437 .H5 2004 (Reference)
Excellent short overview.

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Books

Cornette Library's online catalog
Includes books, government documents, videos, journal titles, etc. available throughout the Library. Suggested searches include:
  • a keyword search for your subject, such as asperger?.
  • the general LC subject heading Asperger's syndrome.
  • the LC subject heading for a specific place such as Asperger's syndrome Patients Education (Higher) United States.

To determine the most appropriate subject headings for your search, refer to the red Library of Congress Subject Headings near the Reference computers in the Library or search the online Library of Congress Authorities Catalog.

Additional Subject Searches
  • Autism
  • Autistic disorder
  • Child development disorders pervasive
Additional Keyword Searches
  • Asperger's disorder
  • Asperger syndrome
  • Asperger's syndrome
  • autistic spectrum disorder?
  • pervasive developmental disorder?
WorldCat
  • Online catalog for libraries around the world.
  • Lists Cornette Library books along with many more in other libraries.
  • Search by keyword, author, title, or subject.
  • Excellent source for locating items not in Cornette Library's collection.
  • Request books not in Cornette Library through the pre-filled Interlibrary loan form. Allow at least two weeks for the books to arrive.

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Journal, Magazine, & Newspaper Articles

Provide current information

How to Access Databases

Which database?

Academic Search Complete
Covers many disciplines, but excellent source for the most journal articles on AS. Substantial full-text.
Health & Wellness Resource Center
Advanced search for asperger* will find outstanding articles from the Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders. Can limit search to "full text" and "refereed publications" to view only journal articles, but will not find the encyclopedia articles. Most articles are only in HTML format.
PsycINFO
Another excellent source. Many journal articles overlap results from Academic Search Complete. A citation-only database, although it has numerous links to full-text articles. Database cannot be cited. Cite the database where the article is found.

Other databases

CINAHL
Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health. Citation-only database. Many links to full text. Database cannot be cited. Cite the database where the article is found.
Dissertations and Theses - Full Text
Over 60 items since 2001 about children and AS. Link to entire full-text of dissertation or thesis. Excellent source of in-depth information.
ERIC (EBSCO)
Educational Resources Information Center. Can find journal articles and documents about school-age children. Some overlap with Academic Search Complete.
Medline (EBSCO)
International coverage of all aspects of medicine. Many links to full text.
Science Citation Index
Web of Science interface. Will find hundreds of citations. Use the SFX feature to find if article is available in full text in another database.
ScienceDirect Journals
Will only find some articles, but they will all be scholarly and full-text.
SpringerLink
Will only find some items, but they will all be scholarly and full-text. Look closely for the link to PDF format.
PowerSearch
Allows you to search six databases at one time. Cannot limit to full text or scholarly articles. Cannot search phrases. Click on Custom Search tab. Under Choose Databases, select Databases by Category. Under Category, select Communications. Highlight the subcategory Communication Disorders. After searching, try the View results by databases to see the most hits. Click on SFX to see if full text is available.
Google Scholar
Not a database. To be effective, search only through the "Quick Links" drop-down menu on the Cornette Library home page. Some articles listed will be available though our databases. These items will state "FULL TEXT@WTAMU". Can search phrases in quotation marks. Cannot limit to journal articles or full text articles.

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Web Sites

Web Sites for Psychological Tests

Finding Psychological Tests and Measurements
From John Hopkins University. Tips for finding tests in journal articles, books, and on the web.
Buros Institute of Mental Measurements
May be used as an index to the "Buros" Mental Measurements Yearbook series. For example, search by keyword for "Behavior Assessment System for Children" to find which edition reviews the BASC test.

Web Guides

Searchable lists of annotated web sites, discussion lists, and electronic journals that have met specific selection criteria.

INFOMINE Scholarly Internet Resource Collections
Scholarly. Keyword search or browse by general subject area. Can limit to free sites.
ipl2 - "Information You Can Trust" (merger of Internet Public Library and Librarians' Index to the Internet)
General public interest. Keyword search, or browse by general topic and subtopic.

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Citing Your Sources

Why must I cite the sources I use for research projects?

APA Style

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Your Comments

Thank you.

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