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Communication Sciences and Disorders Research Guide

Reference Books - Finding Articles in Journals - Finding Books - Organizations - General Resources


The MIT Encyclopedia of Communication Disorders
REF RC423 .M56 2004
Divided into four categories of voice, speech, language, and hearing, this one-volume encyclopedia provides two to three-page entries on topics in communication sciences and disorders. Each article is signed by an expert in the field and is followed by a list of books and journal articles that contain further information.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders
REF RC437 .G35 2003

The Gale Encyclopedia of Neurological Disorders
REF RC334 .G34 2005

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A. If you want to search in a particular journal...

the first thing you need to do is find out where you can access the full text of that journal. Go to the "Journals & Magazines" tab on the library's web page and type in the title of the journal you are looking for. The results list will provide links to the full text of the journal. Notice the years included; we don't have the entire runs of most journals. In a few cases (such as Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology), we don't have electronic access but have paper copies of the journal in the library. Most back issues are located on 1st floor and are arranged by call number, like books. The call number is provided in the results list. The current issues of the paper journals are located on 2nd floor where the black leather couch is located and are arranged by title.

When you access the full text of the journal in question, you can then browse its contents or search it by topic or author.

B. If you want to search by topic (or author) but don't know which journal(s) to search in...

you can use a database which allows you to search across hundreds of journals at once. The following databases are particularly helpful for finding articles related to CSD:

CMMC (Communication and Mass Media Complete):
In addition to covering the human communications field, CMMC includes some indexing of journal literature in CSD.

Although Science Direct includes journals across the fields of science, it includes a healthy amount of journals in CSD.

CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health):
CINAHL provides indexing of over 2900 journals and other materials in the nursing field and related health disciplines. Very useful for CSD. Indexing is provided from 1981 to the present.

Produced by the U. S. National Library of Medicine, Medline indexes over 19,000 sources in the medical fields, including many journal articles related to speech pathology and audiology. Indexing covers sources from 1950 to the present.

Issued by the Dept. of Education, ERIC offers access to over 850,000 journal articles and documents in the field of education. Many articles and documents are offered full text.

Produced by the American Psychological Association (APA), PsychInfo provides indexing to journals, books, and other materials, some dating from the 1800s. Covers related disciplines, such as medicine, nursing, physiology, and linguistics.

A small index to about 125 professional journals, ComAbstracts covers all aspects of the human communications field. Although not directly concerned with communication sciences disorders, ComAbstracts is a good place to find articles in related fields, such as human interaction.

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The Library of Congress system uses these subject headings for books in the CSD field. Try using these to do a subject search in ALiCat, I-Share, or WorldCat.

Articulation Disorders
Children, Deaf
Communication Disorders
Communicative Disorders
Hearing Disorders
Hearing Impaired
Language Disorders
Mental retardation
Mentally handicapped
Sign Language
Speech-Language Pathology
Speech--Physiological Aspects
Speech Disorders--Rehabilitation
Speech Perception
Speech Therapy
Voice Disorders
Word Deafness

You can also browse the shelves using these call numbers as a guide:

HV1551-HV3024 People with disabilities
RC 388-RC429 Neurology. Diseases of the nervous system, including speech disorders.
RF Otorhinolaryngology

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The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America

American Academy of Audiology

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

The Association for Severely Handicapped

American Academy of Pediatrics

Society for Research in Child Development

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Hardin MD Speech Pathology
The Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa compiled this "list of lists," that is, a directory of directories in the speech pathology field. They provide the helpful groupings: small lists, medium lists, and large lists, as well as links to find pictures.

Net Connections for Communication Disorders and Sciences
Developed and maintained by Judith Maginnis Kuster, a pathologist and professor, Net Connections gathers useful information from the internet for
"professionals and students in communication disorders and sciences as well as for persons with communication disabilities and those who are part of their lives."

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