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Disability Studies

This guide will orient you to disability studies research and connect you with resources. Use the navigation menu to find research strategies, articles, reference sources, books, and more.

Evaluating Articles in Disability Research

Note that not all writing about disability is informed by a Disability Studies perspective. Here are some questions to ask that can help you evaluate sources:

Author's Positionality

  • What is the author’s background, relationship to disability studies?
  • Does the author self-identify as disabled? In what other ways does the author self-identify (e.g., in terms of gender, race, ability, nationality, sexuality, ethnicity, etc.)? How might these identities impact the author’s perspective and approach?
  • Does the author primarily employ a particular model of disability (e.g., the medical model, or the social model)?


  • What is the author's central claim or argument?
  • What are the author's supporting arguments?
  • What evidence does the author provide to support/prove their thesis?


  • What method(s) does the author use in collecting and analyzing data? (e.g., qualitative or quantitative, ethnographic methods, content analysis, media studies, etc.)?
  • How do the author’s chosen methods impact their approach to the subject matter?


  • What does the author hope to achieve with the piece? What is the purpose of the work?

-- adapted from course materials created by Disability Studies instructors Carl Schottmiller and Christine Gottlieb

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