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This guide is intended to help you find resources that are focused on educational interventions, assessments, and topics of dyslexia and other reading specific learning disorders/disabilities. It also discusses critical appraisal of research articles.

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  • dyslexia interventions
  • dysgraphia diagnosis

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Tips for Searching

  • If you use too many search terms, you may miss some relevant articles. Likewise, if you use too few search terms, you will have too many results to look through. Start with two search terms derived from your topic, then add additional terms according to your needs.
  • The search terms that you use and how you use them may depend on what database you are searching.
  • Use filters or limits whenever possible to restrict your search results by facets like publication year, article type, or age group of the study subjects.
  • Some concepts may be known by more than one term. Brainstorm all of the possible terms for the topic/concept that you are researching so that you can use them as search terms.
  • Use the boolean operators--AND, OR, NOT--to effectively combine concepts and maximize your results. Similarly, use parentheses ( ) and quotation marks " " to make your search results more exact.
    • "disorder" AND ("reading" OR "writing")
  • Look at the reference lists of the best articles you find for additional articles that may not have shown up in your search but are relevant to your topic.
  • Google like a boss.

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