The Gallaudet University Library contains much material relating to deaf parents of hearing children. This guide is designed to help you find information and materials about deaf parents of hearing children. If you want the most recent information on this subject, you should plan to use periodicals (magazines and journals) found in the ERIC database, which is searchable by the public, or other databases through Gallaudet University, which are available only to Gallaudet-affiliated users. Books will also be helpful and often more thorough, but they are usually not as current as periodicals.
Since the topic deaf parents of hearing children is closely related to the topic hearing children of deaf parents, you will find much overlap in the materials for both topics. Some materials will be applicable to both topics. Some will be for only hearing children of deaf parents, but computers can't separate those from deaf parents of hearing children. You will have to separate those materials yourself by careful reading of the titles and other information.
Remember, this guide will not tell you about all the materials the Library has about this topic. You must do the basic research yourself. This guide will give you some starting points to begin your search for information. If you need further assistance, please ask at the Reference Desk.
Books are good places to get in-depth information and the historical background of an issue. Books are not good places to find recent information. Hint: Don't forget to check the bibliography (list of resources) at the end of most books to find other suggestions of where to find information!
You can find books about hearing children of deaf parents in the ALADIN Catalog by using the following keywords in a Keyword (AND, OR, NOT) search:
- "deaf parents" AND "family relationship"
- "parent child relationship" AND "deaf parents"
- "deaf parents" AND "hearing children"
Remember that in a keyword search, phrases must be in quote marks, and keyword concepts must be joined with the word AND.
To find information about deaf parents of hearing children using ERIC or other databases, you can use the following terms in a keyword search:
- deaf parents and hearing children
- deaf parents
Use the ALADIN Catalog and the Keyword (AND, OR, NOT) search with the following terms:
- "deaf parents" AND videorecording
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Reference and Instruction Librarian
Revised October 2001