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DEAF 360: American Deaf Culture

Deaf Studies LibGuide -- More Detailed Search Tips

More in-depth info about defining a research topic, using databases, and more resources for all Deaf Studies classes and projects is in the Deaf Studies LibGuide.

SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia

From publisher's website: "This in-depth encyclopedic collection of articles defines the current state of Deaf Studies at an international level. This new encyclopedia shifts away from the 'Medical/Pathological Model', and instead has the focus on deaf people as members of a distinct cultural group with a distinct and vibrant community and way of being."

Country/Geographic Area Search Tip: Click on Reader's Guide tab to get overviews of the Deaf Community in various parts of the world.


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Get Books From Other CSU Libraries

Is the book you want already checked out? Or perhaps the library does now already own a copy? Watch this video to learn how to use OneSearch to request an item available through another CSU library.

Get Books & Articles From Other Libraries

 Interlibrary Loan is a FREE service provided to obtain materials which are needed for research but are not available in the University Library

Interlibrary Loan FAQs give details about requesting and picking up items.

Picking Your Topic Is Research

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NCOD (National Center on Deafness) Collections

Resources from Other Universities

Gallaudet University Archives Rare books, periodicals, photographs and documents have been digitized. They can be downloaded and read even if you are not a Gallaudet University student.

The Gallaudet video library has streaming videos of plays, presentations, lectures and more. 

Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute of the Deaf RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive. Primary resources, artwork, videos and books document the founding and growth of NTID. Has collections relating to the international deaf community as well.

RIT/NTID Deaf Art/Deaf Artists features over 40 Deaf and hard of hearing artists and numerous resources and materials.

Accessing Library Resources From Off Campus

Many of the article databases and electronic resources found in OneSearch require a campus login, and are limited to current CSUN students, faculty and staff only. After logging in you need to complete multifactor authentication through DUO as with other campus systems.

Details and online help 

What IS a Good Topic?

Choosing a good topic is a balancing act. Not too narrow. Not too broad. How can you tell if you're on the right path? 

As a general guideline, topics with 2 - 3 concepts are workable:

  • How has the representation of deafness and Deaf culture changed in television and movies in the past twenty to twenty-five years?

Only one concept is too broad:

  • deaf culture
  • American sign language

More than three concepts is usually too narrow:

  • Cochlear implants in infants and their effect on acquisition of sign language in California

The above guidelines are based on information from Walden University Library. A brief exercise in choosing the best research question is available from SUNY Empire State College.  



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