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About REHABDATA Connection - NARIC's Literature Awareness Service

More information is available on how to subscribe to this free service.

REHABDATA-Connection is a once-per-month bibliography service that allows researchers to learn about documents recently added to the REHABDATA database. These E-mail bibliographies bring you what's new in the areas of disability research most important to you, by matching the 200+ new REHABDATA documents (those added to the database in the month just ended) with about 50 different subject profiles.

If you need to keep up with the latest research and reports to accomplish your work, REHABDATA-Connection is for you! Subscribers use REHABDATA-Connection to identify research opportunities, uncover new collaborative research partnerships, evaluate new methodologies, monitor trends, and stay on top of the important literature of their field. 

How REHABDATA-Connection Works

You select the topics relevant to you from the subscription page. At the beginning of each month, NARIC staff will run all search topics, and the new citations within your chosen topics are then delivered to your electronic mailbox. The information is presented in a compact bibliography format, which includes the document title, author(s), and other information:

Psychosocial impact of assistive devices in stroke. In R. Simpson (Ed.), Proceedings of the RESNA 26th International Conference: Technology and Disability: Research, Design, Practice and Policy. Arlington, VA: RESNA Press
Author: Jutai, Jeffrey W.; Hartley, Mark W.;
Year: 2003
Abstract [truncated]: Paper presents findings from a study that examined patterns of assistive technology (AT) use and the psychosocial effects of AT devices following stroke. Participants rated the impact of devices they ... For more see O15543

Above: from "Stroke." Below: from "Assistive technology":

Mobile architectures and prototypes to assist persons with cognitive disabilities using public transportation. In R. Simpson (Ed.), Proceedings of the RESNA 26th International Conference: Technology and Disability: Research, Design, Practice and Policy. Arlington, VA: RESNA Press
Author: Sullivan, Jr., James F.; Fischer, Gerhard;
Year: 2003
Abstract [truncated]: After identifying specific barriers that prevent people with cognitive disabilities from learning and using public transportation systems, a prototype was developed that demonstrates how support ... For more see O15598


To get more information about the document, we include a link directly to the full abstract in REHABDATA. Please note: REHABDATA does not include full, electronic copies of the documents in our collection. Where available, a link to an online version of the publication is included in the full record.

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Frequently Asked Questions about REHABDATA-Connection

Who can subscribe to REHABDATA-Connection?

Anyone may subscribe, but the service is particularly for information "power users," people who want to know about the latest research in their field.

Approximately how many citations will I receive every month?

The number of citations per E-mail message varies by topic and month. In 1998, volumes ranged from one or two citations every other month for some topics to 60 citations per month in other topics. Most topics yield five-ten citations per month. If during the month no documents were added to the database that match your search criteria, you will not receive a message for that topic. A citation may be indexed under more than one topic, so if you've selected multiple topics, you might see that citation appear more than once. For example, above on stroke might appear under the heading of Stroke and under Assistive Technology.

How many topics can I have in my profile?

There is no longer a limit to the number of topics you may select. Each bibliography includes information on how to unsubscribe, if you begin to feel overwhelmed by the message volume.

How can I change my profile? 

Feel free to adjust your topic selections at any time by following the directions at the bottom of the messages you receive, or by going to the REHABDATA Connection Subscription page.

You can receive additional assistance by sending E-mail to

Where do the bibliographies come from?

Over its 20-year lifespan REHABDATA has grown to be the largest general disabilities literature database, covering all disabilities and all ages, with over 50,000 records. In producing REHABDATA, NARIC acquires new research information from over 250 projects funded by NIDILRR, as well as over 150 peer-reviewed and scholarly journals and magazines, and a small number of newsletters. Most publishers in the disability field are aware of and contribute to this vast archive. Bibliographic abstracts generally appear in the database within 30-45 days of receipt.

How do I obtain the full-text of documents I want?

This is an alert service--the full text of documents is not available online. NARIC recommends contacting your local research librarian to obtain most documents; however, many citations will include publisher or author contact information. NARIC is able to provide some documents on a cost-recovery basis.

How much does the REHABDATA-Connection service cost? 

REHABDATA-Connection is free.