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SLP 817: Research in Comm. Sciences & Disorders (Dr. Li)

Created for students enrolled in SLP817, this guide provides suggested resources and research tips including, citation management, APA citations, and more.

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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.

Searching the Library Catalog


Get started with a quick search of the catalog and multiple databases.

Learn How to Use the Catalog

This interactive tutorial will walk you through the basic features of the Library Catalog.

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.

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Levels of Evidence

Text source: Melnyk, B.M., & Fineout-Overholt, E. (2011).  Evidence-based practice in nursing and healthcare: A guide to best practice. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Books: Relevant Call Numbers

Books and journals related to Communication Science and Disorders can be found in the following call number areas:

Common Call Numbers

Subject Call Number Range
RC 346-429

Neurology: Diseases of the Nervous System

  • RC 423 Communication Disorders
  • RC 424 Stuttering
  • RC 425 Aphasia

Ear, Nose & Throat

  • RF 110-320 Otology - Diseases of the Ear
  • RF 341-437 Rhinology - Diseases of the Nose, Accessory Sinuses and Nasopharynx
  • RF 460-547 Laryngology - Diseases of the Throat
RJ 499-507 Pediatrics: Mental Disorders - Child Psychiatry

Other Call Numbers to Consider

BF 251 Psychology: Hearing
BF 455 Psychology: Language and Speech
LB 3401-3495 Theory & Practice of Education: School Health Services
LC 4028 Social Aspects of Education: Language and Learning
P 118 Language & Literature: Early Language Acquisition/Emergent Lexicon
P 217-259 Phonetics
QM 251-265 Human Anatomy: Organs of Respiration and Voice
QM 507 Human Anatomy: Sense Organs - Ear
QP 306 Physiology of Voice and Speech
QP 461-471 Neurophysiology: Hearing - Physiological Acoustics

Children's Books

Searching the Library Catalog for Children's Books

The Juvenile Collection at Forsyth Library is located on the second level. To see a complete listing of what's available use the steps below:

  • From the library homepage, search the catalog for "Juvenile" 
  • Use the sidebar and apply the following filters:
    • Show Only: Available in the Library 
    • Resource Type: Books
    • Location: Juvenile Easy - Second Level (beginning level/picture books) OR Location: Juvenile Dewey - Second Level (children's books of higher levels)
  • Click on the book title to read the description, request the book for pickup, or view the call number

Locating Children's Books on the Shelves: Dewey Decimal System

The Juvenile Collection uses the Dewey Decimal System. Items are organized by subject, starting with broad topic areas and getting more specific, so like items will usually be shelved together. This can be helpful when you want to browse topics, but always check the online catalog to direct you to a specific item.

Each call number in this collection begins with a J, to indicate it is part of the Juvenile Collection. It is then followed by a call number. The collection is organized by subject, indicated by the first number.

  • 000 Generalities
  • 100 Philosophy & psychology
  • 200 Religion
  • 300 Social sciences
  • 400 Language
  • 500 Natural sciences & mathematics
  • 600 Technology (Applied sciences)
  • 700 The arts
  • 800 Literature & rhetoric
  • 900 Geography & history