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Communication Sciences & Disorders Guide

Welcome to the Communication Sciences & Disorders Subject Guide.

Audience: CUW CSD undergraduate and SLP graduate students

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APA Citation Style Guide

Evidence Based Practice Guide

Course Guides

SLP 515 Literature Review Class Activity

See the Health Science Tools(PDF) Guide for any easy reference Chart on the features of different Databases

Healthcare Specific

CINAHL Complete (EBSCOhost) indexing for journals, and provides additional nursing and allied health research material including health care books, select conference proceedings, evidence-based care sheet, and quick lesson disease overviews. 

ClinicalKey (Elsevier) All of Elsevier’s medical and surgical content in one resource, including books, journals, videos, and images.

The Cochrane Library (EBSCOhost) Contains three databases. The Database of Systematic Reviews contains full-text articles, as well as protocols focusing on the effects of healthcare. Data is evidence-based medicine and is often combined statistically (with meta-analysis) to increase the power of the findings of numerous studies. The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials is a bibliography of controlled trials to create an unbiased source of data for systematic reviews. Cochrane Clinical Answers contains a clinical question, a short answer, and an opportunity to ‘drill-down’ to the evidence from relevant Cochrane reviews.

DynaMed Plus (EBSCOhost) clinical reference tool which provides fast, easy access to the latest evidence-based informationDynaMed includes clinically-organized summaries for thousands of topics Features include: Use of a strict, evidence-based editorial process, One-click access to full-text articles, Practice-changing updates, Clinical Calculators, Micromedex Clinical Knowledge Suite drug content (plus direct linking to Micromedex), targeted Medline searching and more.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (EBSCOhost-provided by Badgerlink) – Provides scholarly full-text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. 

MEDLINE Complete (EBSCOhost) Pubmed companion of biomedical and health journals. Topics: biomedicine, pre-clinical sciences, behavioral sciences, bioengineering, health policy development, nursing, and life sciences.

Nursing & Allied Health Database (ProQuest) Provides users with reliable healthcare information covering nursing, allied health, alternative and complementary medicine, and much more. Includes full-text titles plus dissertations in nursing and related fields. Training videos from Medcom, Inc on health care safety, emergency planning, checking vital signs, and many more. Multicultural reports from CultureVision are available for 30 ethnicities and 11 religions for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with respect to their beliefs and practices.

PubMed (National Library of Medicine) FREE access to over 11 million MEDLINE® citations. Mid-1960’s-present. 

PUBMED Basic Search Tutorial

Education Specific

Education Database (ProQuest) Literature and articles on primary, secondary, and higher education as well as special education, homeschooling, and adult education.

Education Source (EBSCOhost) This database provides scholarly research for education students, professionals, and policymakers. It covers all levels of education — from early childhood to higher education — as well as all educational specialties such as multilingual education, health education, and testing. Content includes full text and indexing for journals, books and monographs, conference papers, and book reviews.

ERIC (EBSCOhost-provided by Badgerlink) Provides citation and abstract information for educational journals and related documents from the Educational Resource Information Center and educational symposium.  1967-present.

Psychology Specific

Linguistics Database (ProQuest) Covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection (EBSCOhost) broad range of subjects in the fields of psychology, behavioral sciences, and related disciplines. Content: journals & articles

Database Tutorials

General Database Tutorials


You can search for books & ebooks in Primo.


For General instructions: Finding Books & Ebooks

Library of Congress Call Numbers

HV 2474            American Sign Language (ASL)
RC 423-428.8    Speech Therapy
RF 290-210       Deafness Audiology
RJ 496               Communicative Disorders in Children  
QP 461              Perception of Sound


Ebook Central
EBSCO eBooks

Reference Books

Reference books are located in the short stacks in the center of the library. Need Help? How to Use Online Encyclopedias

Concise Encyclopedia Of Speech Language PathologyREF RC423 .C656 1999
Speech Disorders: Causes, Treatments, and social effectsEbook
Writing Scientific Research in Communication Sciences & DisordersEbook
Essentials of AudiologyEbook
NLM’s MedlinePlus Medical EncyclopediaWebsite

EBP Research Search Tools

Working of a literature review? Try one of these tools to find more research articles and grey literature.
Speech Bite (Web database of EBP research for SLP) 
Registry of past, current, and upcoming clinical trials.
NARIC (National Rehabilitation Information Center) DATABASE. 69,000 abstracts of books, reports, articles, and audiovisual materials relating to disability and rehabilitation research. 1956 -present.

Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE)
Evidence based systematic reviews & economic assessments. 1994-March 2015.

Evidence Based Healthcare Search Tool to aid professionals 

HSRProj (Health Services Research Projects in Progress) (NIH)
Search tool for current health services research and public health projects in the US


PICO Search Tools Online

Trip Database – Clinical Search Engine  Clinical search tool designed identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice. Registered users (registration is free) benefit from extra features such as CPD, search history, and collaborative tools.
Search PubMed with PICO

MeSH terms vs. Keywords:

Looking for some suggestions for Primo or databases? Try one of these keywords or phrases related to your topic.



“American Sign Language”
“Communicative Disorders”
“Communication Disorders”
“Language Acquisition”
“Language Disorders”
Language Disorders in children
“Physiological acoustics”
“Speech Disorders”
“Speech Disorders in children”
“Speech Therapy”
“Voice Disorders”


National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders:  US Statistics on speech, hearing, and deafness 

National Center for Health Statistics- Health annual report Datafinder tool and free infographics of US health spending and health care use

State Health Facts (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)

NIH Free online course about using health statistics

Video Tutorials

Click on the video and the CC icon for captions.

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