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EDU 221: Children with Exceptionalities

Resources for Your Assignment

Possible Research Paper Topics

Cerebral Palsy                                                

Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)

Spina Bifida                                                   

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Asperger Syndrome   

Fragile X Syndrome                                       

Neural Hearing Loss

Down Syndrome                                            

Sensory Hearing Loss

Prader-Willi Syndrome                                  

Unilateral Hearing Loss


Phenylketonuria (PKU)

Reactive Attachment Disorder                      

Williams Syndrome


Reactive Attachment Disorder


Tonic-Clonic Seizures

Cleft Palate                                                    

Speech/Language Disabilities

Duane Syndrome                                           

Hurler’s Syndrome


CHARGE syndrome

Not finding anything?  Try broadening your search.  For example, you may need to look at a book covering all exceptionalities/disabilities, then look for your specific topic in the table of contents or index.

Subject databases are collections of articles in a particular field, searchable by subject.  Use the following education and medical databases to find articles for your paper.  If you are using these off-campus, you will need to sign in with your CPCC log-in.

The library has a wealth of educational videos available for you on a variety of health topics. While you will not be using a video as a source for your paper, learning more about your topic in this way could be helpful.To access many of these videos, you will need to enter your CPCC log-in information. If you have trouble accessing the videos, please contact your librarian.

The Passion of Creation Leonid Pasternak
"The Passion of Creation" Leonid Pasternak. Source

Starting a research paper can be challenging, but with some resources and a little bit of luck, you can make it through the writing process. Below are some tips to consider. 

Be Organized

1. Create an outline for your paper. This will help you gather your thoughts and formulate your thesis or research question. An outline can also help you track your ideas and the sources that you plan to use in your paper. You can view a sample research paper outlinefrom Gallaudet University. 

Go BEYOND Spell Check 

2. Don't submit your paper with errors. Have a friend (preferably one who's a good writer) or an Academic Learning Center staff member review your paper for spelling/grammar errors and clarity. Your paper should make sense and be easy to read. 

Just Do It 

3. Don't save your paper writing until the night before it's due. If you need help figuring out what you need in order to write and finish your paper, you can use the Research Paper Planner from Baylor University. The Harris Campus Library also has a copy of the Writer's Harbrace Manual on reserve for your writing needs.