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Communication Disorders 4480: Applications of Research in Communication Disorders

Applications of Research in Communication Disorders

Why Search a Database?

Each database may use different subject terms for the same topic.  So you may be able to find more articles specific to your research project by expanding your searches beyond Discover.

Also, some databases offer unique features, such as limiting articles to test subjects of particular age groups.

Search 5 EBSCO Databases for Communication Disorders (Search Academic Search Complete, CINAHL Complete, Communication Source, ERIC, & PsycINFO)

Best Databases for Communication Disorders

If you cannot find enough articles for your research project using Discover , try searching individual databases.  The best databases for Communication Disorders research (in order of usefulness) are:

List of All Databases

 

For a list of all databases available through the Cornette Library, go to the library's home page.  Click on the blue button for "Databases A-Z."

Database Search Tips

Useful for many disciplines, such as social sciences, education, engineering, language, and medicine.  Indexes more than 10,000 journals and magazines.  Includes the full text of over 7,300 scholarly journals.

Special features:

  • can limit to scholarly, peer-reviewed articles
  • can limit Source Type to Academic Journals
  • can limit to title of publication
  • can limit to Subject Thesaurus term
  • can limit to Subject
  • can sort results by relevance (best articles listed first)

TIP:  Search a phrase in "quotation marks".

TIP:  Can truncate a search with an asterisk (*)

  • example:  searching child* =  child, child's, children, children's
  • example:  searching technolog* = technology, technologies, technological     

Indexes over 5,400 nursing journals.  Has full text for over 1,300 of those journals.

Special limits include:

  • age groups
  • evidence-based practice
  • special interest (speech-language pathology/audiology)
  • research article
  • randomized controlled trials
  • can sort results by relevance (best articles listed first)

TIP:  Search a phrase in "quotation marks".

TIP:  Can truncate a search with an asterisk (*)

  • example:  searching child* =  child, child's, children, children's
  • example:  searching technolog* = technology, technologies, technological 

Comprehensive research database for communication, linguistics, rhetoric and discourse, speech-language pathology, media studies, and related fields.  Indexes over 1,000 journals and has full text for more than 600 journals.

Special features:

  • can limit to peer-reviewed articles
  • can limit Source Type to Academic Journals
  • can limit to title of  publication
  • can limit to Subject Thesaurus term
  • can limit to Subject
  • can sort results by relevance (best articles listed first)

TIP:  Search a phrase in "quotation marks".

TIP:  Can truncate a search with an asterisk (*)

  • example:  searching child* =  child, child's, children, children's
  • example:  searching technolog* = technology, technologies, technological 

The information in ERIC (Educational Resource Information Center) from the U.S. Department of Education is also available in this easy-to-search database from EBSCO.  Indexes educational resources including journal articles. 

Special features:

  • can limit to peer-reviewed articles
  • can limit Source Type to Academic Journals
  • can limit to title of  publication
  • can limit to Subject
  • can limit Educational Level (such as elementary secondary education--useful to K-12 speech language pathologists)
  • can sort results by relevance (best articles listed first)

TIP:  Search a phrase in "quotation marks".

TIP:  Can truncate a search with an asterisk (*)

  • example:  searching child* =  child, child's, children, children's
  • example:  searching technolog* = technology, technologies, technological 

International coverage of all areas of medicine, nursing, health services, etc.

Special features:

  • can limit to journal articles
  • can limit by Gender
  • can limit by Age Groups
  • can limit by Geography (U.S.)
  • can sort results by relevance (best articles listed first)

TIP:  Search a phrase in "quotation marks".

TIP:  Can truncate a search with an asterisk (*)

  • example:  searching child* =  child, child's, children, children's
  • example:  searching technolog* = technology, technologies, technological 

An excellent resource for research in Communication Disorders.

Special features:

  • can limit by Classification Code (such as 3385 Speech & Language Disorders)
  • can limit by Subject: Major Heading
  • can limit by Subject
  • can limit by Age Groups
  • can limit by Population Grouop (gender)
  • can sort results by relevance (best articles listed first)

TIP:  Search a phrase in "quotation marks".

TIP:  Can truncate a search with an asterisk (*)

  • example:  searching child* =  child, child's, children, children's
  • example:  searching technolog* = technology, technologies, technological 

Database consists of full text from over 450 scholarly journals.  Coverage for topics including criminology, psychology, sociology, and the health sciences.

Special features include:

  • Select from a list of disciplines (such as Health Sciences)
  • can sort results by relevance (best articles listed first)

TIP:  Can truncate a search with an asterisk (*)

  • example:  searching child* =  child, child's, children, children's
  • example:  searching technolog* = technology, technologies, technological 

Broad science coverage such as life sciences, earth sciences, and pharmacology.  Consists of almost 2,000 full-text journals.

Special features:

  • may limit search to journals
  • may limit search to the category Nursing and Health Professions
  • can sort results by relevance (best articles listed first)

TIP:  Can truncate a search with an asterisk (*)

  • example:  searching child* =  child, child's, children, children's
  • example:  searching technolog* = technology, technologies, technological 

Primarily scientific journals with emphasis on mathematics, physics, and engineering.  Has about 1,200 peer-reviewed journals.  Some journals are not written in English.

Special features:

  • can limit results to Articles
  • can limit results to English
  • can exclude preview-only content
  • can sort results by relevance (best articles listed first)

TIP:  Can truncate a search with an asterisk (*)

  • example:  searching child* =  child, child's, children, children's
  • example:  searching technolog* = technology, technologies, technological 

Indexes most important journals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts & humanities.  Has links to full text or Interlibrary loan.

Special features:

  • can search by topic, author, language, publication years, and more
  • can filter results by category (such as AUDIOLOGY SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY)
  • can limit Document Type to article
  • if cited by later articles, can see information on those articles
  • can sort results by relevance (best articles listed first)

TIP:  Can truncate a search with an asterisk (*)

  • example:  searching child* =  child, child's, children, children's
  • example:  searching technolog* = technology, technologies, technological 

Bonus feature, can create an individualized (free) sign-in:

  • can save results
  • can use My EndNote Web to create citation lists in APA format--from articles found in any of the EBSCO databases!

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Ask an Expert

These resources are recommended by Brian Specer, WTAMU Communication Disorders faculty member.