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Communication Sciences and Disorders: Find Information

This is a guide which will provide resources for Communication Disorders and Speech Language Disorders

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Get started with a quick search of the catalog and multiple databases.
Search for magazine, newspaper, and scholarly journal articles.
Search Digital Archives to find digitized photos, FHSU theses, yearbooks, and more.
Search Books & More to find books & e-books, print & e-journals, DVDs, CDs, government documents, & more.

Specific Resources to Search

Commonly Used Databases

The databases below are a good place to start your research for Communication Sciences and Disorders. Most of the databases have a medical or nursing focus and contain mainly scholarly articles.

Databases for Systematic Reviews and Clinical Trials

The following databases contain systematic reviews (a type of literature review that collects all the studies on a selected topic that meet a certain criteria and synthesizes the findings) and clinical trials to provide evidence-based treatment information.

Tips for Finding Different Types of Evidence

  • Add keywords to your search
    • Ex: “Systematic review” OR “meta analysis”
  • Look for "Article Type" or "Publication Type" filters
    • Usually this option is in the Advanced Search options
    • Meta-Analysis or Systematic Review
    • These filters/options aren't in every database

For more information and details about evidence based practice, refer to the Evidence Based Practice research guide.

General Databases

The following databases are multidisplinary, meaning, you'll likely find something relating to your topic within these databases but it may not always be from the angle of your discipline or area of study. Use these if you're looking for general information, if your topic isn't super specialized within your field, or if multiple perspectives could benefit your research.

Databases with Reference E-books and Background Information

The following databases can provide a solid background of information on your topic. The databases listed include e-books which might contain a chapter or a whole book on your topic, or reference collections which are encyclopedias or other reference materials that contain generally accepted knowledge in the field. 

Resources for Finding Theses and Dissertations

You might want to consider looking at a Master's thesis or a dissertation on your topic to see what has been else has been written (and maybe not yet published in scholarly journals) or to find references to other relevant articles through the citations listed on the thesis or dissertation article. 

Education Databases

Perhaps your topic or your audience pertains to the educational environment (ex. school-aged children, hearing screenings in schools, etc.). The following databases might help you apply the literature from Education journals to your topic in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Psychology Databases

Maybe your topic has a psychological component to it (ex. treating patients on the autism spectrum). The following databases might help you apply the literature from Psychology journals to your topic in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Using Microfilm Resources

The above video can help you with learning to use the microfilm readers.

Microfilm pages must be saved as pdfs to the computers located on the lower level and then emailed to yourself in order to print them. Directions on saving microfilm pages as pdfs can be found in the blue binder next to the computers.