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Speech Language Pathology Websites

thumb_child_computer.jpgANYONE can put information on the Internet. ANYONE. As a health care provider, you must carefully select and evaluate medical/health information before using it to treat patients or letting it influence how you perform your duties. Use the evaluating sources section of this guide to help you determine the credibility of Web sites. A great final test is to ask yourself, "Would I want myself or someone that I care deeply about to be treated based on this information?" If the answer is "no," don't include such non-credible information in your academic projects either!

small yellow star.jpgGeneral Medical Information Websites

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC.gov provides users with credible, reliable health information on topics such as: data and statistics; diseases and conditions; emergencies and disasters; environmental health; healthy living; injury, violence and safety; life stages and populations; travelers' health; workplace safety and health; and much more. This site contains information appropriate for adults, teens and kids

Easy-to-understand information on health and medical topics, all reviewed for accuracy by Mayo Clinic experts. Content includes interactive resources and tools, information on specific diseases and disorders, management of particular chronic conditions, suggestions for healthy lifestyles, consumer drug information, first aid, specialists' answers to frequently asked questions about diseases and health decision-making guides. (A service of Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

small yellow star.jpgMEDLINEplus
Provides access to 900+ health topics, medical encyclopedias and dictionaries, and links to self-help groups, clinical trials, preformulated PubMed searches, lists of hospitals and physicians, health and information in Spanish and other languages. Includes listings of diseases & conditions by body system

small yellow star.jpgMedScape Reference
An online clinical reference providing in-depth drug & disease information and tools to support clinical decision making. Content is designed for practicing medical professionals and includes diagnostic medical images. Free Registration to MedScape is required. To avoid registering and go straight to an entry in this resource, try Googling the word emedicine and your disease/condition (i.e. emedicine aphasia)

Provides valuable health information, tools for managing your health, and support to those who seek information

Speech Language Pathology Associations & Organizations

American Academy of Audiology
The world's largest professional organization of, by, and for audiologists dedicated to providing quality hearing care services through professional development, education, research, and increased public awareness of hearing and balance disorders

American Speech Language Hearing Association
An excellent resource for Speech professionals. Includes information on recent research in the field, career, clinical and consumer information and much more

National Student Speech Language Hearing Association
The ASHA and NSSLHA websites have been integrated to help provide students with a more unified experience accessing member services (e.g., journals access, member benefits, mentoring information) online

Useful SLP Websites

Access information in the broad field of Acoustics

Anatomy & Physiology Research Guide
Print and electronic anatomy & physiology resources organized by C.O.D.'s Natural Sciences Librarian

Caroline Bowen's speech-language-therapy dot com
A carefully selected compilation of essential links for speech-language pathology consumers, students and professionals

Communication Connects
Designed for speech/language pathologists, educators and parents with resources that encourage the development of functional communication skills in children. Includes informational communication articles, a story-making machine, forums, therapy ideas/techniques, fun therapy activities, organizational forms

C.R.I.S. Community Resource Information System [DuPage County]
A fast and easy way to obtain basic information on social service programs throughout DuPage County [ Mozilla Firefox browser is recommended, Internet Explorer sometimes does not display correctly]

ECRI Guidelines Trust
Provided by ECRI Institute (the organization that served as sole prime contractor for the discontinued National Guideline ClearinghouseTM (NGC)), this publicly available web-based repository provides physicians, nurses, other clinical specialties, and members of the healthcare community with up-to-date, clinical practices and guidelines to advance safe and effective patient care. The repository includes evidence-based guidance developed by nationally- and internationally-recognized medical organizations and medical specialty societies. [FREE registration is required to access the database]

Hardin MD: Speech Pathology / Speech Therapy / SLP
Links to small, medium and large SLP directory sites as well as sites containing SLP-related images

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations (IDFPR)
IDFPR's web site contains information including the Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Practice Act and license applications and forms

Lab Tests Online
Designed to help the patient or caregiver better understand that many clinical lab tests are part of routine care as well as diagnosis and treatment of conditions and diseases. The site is a collaboration of professional societies representing the lab community

MEDLINEplus National Library of Medicine: Speech and Communication Disorders
This page can be accessed by searching the health topic Speech and Communication Disorders. Categories on this page include: overviews, diagnosis/symptoms, rehabilitation/recovery, treatment, clinical trials, specific conditions/aspects, overviews, organizations, statistics, specific populations, etc. There are also links to related MEDLINEplus pages (aphasia, hearing disorders and deafness, learning disorders, stuttering, voice disorders, brain and nervous system, mouth and teeth, symptoms) as well as a preformulated MEDLINE search retrieving recent article citations from the medical literature

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
NIDCD conducts and supports biomedical and behavioral research and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. It conducts and supports research and research training related to disease prevention and health promotion; addresses special biomedical and behavioral problems associated with people who have communication impairments or disorders; and supports efforts to create devices which substitute for lost and impaired sensory and communication function

Net Connections for Communication Disorders and Sciences
Metaguide to net resources on communication disorders, for professionals and students in the fields of speech-language pathology, audiology, speech science, persons with communication disabilities or differences and their support persons

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
OSHA creates and enforces workplace safety standards

Speech Language Pathology Journals


Locating Journal Articles

The Library provides access to many online article databases that will help you locate journal, magazine, and newspaper articles. You can search by keyword, subject, author and title.

Databases are organized collections of information that you can search by a variety of fields, like title, author's name, subject or keyword. iTunes is a database and so is Amazon. The Library has databases of articles from newspapers, magazines and journals. We also have databases of streaming videos, music and e-books. The difference between our databases and iTunes or Amazon is that our databases are free for you to use. You can browse the library's databases here: Article Databases by Subject

You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.

Newspaper Databases
Includes Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and more

Databases by Subject
Choose a database according to your subject of interest.

  • Begin your research in the Health and Medicine Databases
    What databases contain the best Speech Language Pathology journals?
    • Each database contains different resources (journals, e-books, magazines, newspapers, pamphlets, etc.)--Run your search in several databases. Read the database descriptions to locate databases most relevant to your search.
    • Credible, professional SLP journal articles are indexed via our electronic databases. Full-text online articles are available in CINAHL, Communication and Mass Media Complete, Science Direct and the other health-related databases. Remember that each database contains a different set of journals.

    • Examples of SLP journals available include:
      Advances in Speech-language Pathology
      American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
      Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
      International Journal of Speech Language Pathology
      Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology
      Journal of Speech and Language Pathology, Applied Behavior Analysis
      Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research
      Language and Speech
      Language, Speech & Hearing Services in Schools
      Topics in Language Disorders
    • Pay attention to online journal article embargos
    • Some journals are ONLY available in print—the Library has photocopiers and flatbed scanners

    "Best Bet" Health Databases

    Academic Search Complete
    Academic Search Complete contains indexing and full text for 9,100 journals. 7,100 of these journals are peer-reviewed scholarly titles. This collection provides both popular and scholarly journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study - including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences and ethnic studies.

    Care Notes
    Care Notes helps medical professionals educate patients and their families about certain conditions. Contains 2500 English and 2500 Spanish documents that address patient condition, treatment, follow-up care, psychosocial issues, continuing health, and the most frequently administered drugs.

    small yellow star.jpgCINAHL
    The online version of Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature, CINAHL Complete covers nursing, allied health, biomedical and consumer health journals, publications of the American Nursing Association, and the National League for Nursing. It now includes the CINAHL Thesaurus and full text of over 1,300 important nursing and clinical journals as well as over 130 Evidence-based Care Sheets; nearly 170 Quick Lessons providing Overviews of Disease and Conditions; 170 Continuing Education Modules; and full text for 360 Research Instrument Records.

    small yellow star.jpgCommunication and Mass Media Complete
    Communication & Mass Media Complete provides articles and other research materials in areas related to communication and mass media. CMMC offers cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 420 journals, and selected coverage of nearly 200 more, for a combined coverage of more than 600 titles. Furthermore, this database includes full text for 301 journals in the areas of communication, mass media, speech, and much more!

    small yellow star.jpgGale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
    GVRL is a collection of online reference books on a variety of topics including Business, History, Literature, Medicine, Social Science, Technology and many more.
    Individual entries from these resources can be printed and emailed.

    Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
    This resource provides 600 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Coverage of nursing and allied health is particularly strong. In addition, this database includes the Clinical Pharmacology database, providing access to up-to-date, concise and clinically relevant drug monographs for all U.S. prescription drugs, hard-to-find herbal and nutritional supplements, over-the-counter products and new drugs.

    MedlinePlus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 900 diseases and conditions. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.

    small yellow star.jpgMICROMEDEX Healthcare Series
    Provides full-text information supporting clinical care decisions including: drug monographs and evaluations, drug dosages and interactions, drug product identification, reproductive risks, toxicity management, alternative medicine/herbal preparations information, acute/emergency care guidelines, drug, disease and condition information for patients, laboratory test information, dosage calculators, nomograms, and references.

    small yellow star.jpgScience Direct
    **Be sure to select "Subscribed Journals" from the Source drop-down menu**
    Indexing and full-text of 175 journals in science, chemistry, earth science, biology and other related disciplines.

    Browse all COD Library Health and Medicine databases

    Database (and Library catalog) Advanced Search Tips

    • Use the features of the database (print, navigation) before using your browser's back or print buttons
    • For keyword searching, use the advanced search feature so that you can use multiple terms and set limits (date range, peer-reviewed, full text, etc)
    • Remember that databases require you to spell correctly
    • To limit your search results to journals with editorial boards (or some type of review process by health professionals) look under the “limit” section of the initial search page. Select the option to limit to peer reviewed (some databases also call them refereed publications). Refereed publications and peer reviewed are synonyms for board-reviewed or scholarly journals. Don’t forget to set your date limits too!
    • When creating your search strategy, take a moment to write down your key words and any synonyms (alternative words meaning the same thing) that might be used. Also think about how you connect your key words together.
      • Connect different concepts with the word AND indicating that you want both concepts to appear in each retrieved article.
      • Connect variations (different words could be used for the same thing) with OR indicating that at least one variation should occur in the articles retrieved.
      • Put parentheses around actions that you want to be done first (just like you may have done in an algebra class).
      • Here are some examples of synonyms and “nesting” (using parentheses):
      • ("speech therap*" OR "language therap*")
      • ("language hearing therap*" OR "speech language hearing therap*")
      • Put key concepts together like this example:
      • ("speech therap*" OR "language therap*") AND ("delayed onset")
    • capitalize connecting words (AND, OR) to let the database know that you are giving a command, not just listing a word to be found
    • Use an asterisk (*) to find all possible endings. For example, therap* finds therapy, therapies, therapeutic

Speech Language Pathology Books, Videos & Models


Browsing the Collection

Use the Library catalog to search the COD Library's collection of books, videos, e-books, and streaming media. Use your COD Library card to check these items out or access them online.

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An easy way to start searching the Library catalog is to do a keyword search for words that describe your topic. You may need to experiment with keywords to find ones that work for your topic.

Keyword Searching

Do a keyword search of the Library catalog using words that are specific to your topic. Try using specific keywords, such as proper names, combining several keywords, or using keyword phrases. For example:

  • (speech AND language) AND (career* OR job*)
  • (speech OR audiol*) AND (therap* OR rehab*)

General Keywords:
speech-language pathology; speech therapy; communication sciences and disorders; speech and language development; phonology; morphology; semantics; syntax; pragmatics; voice; fluency; swallowing; children; families; students; speech-language professionals; speech and language research

Or search for specific condition/disease/disorder or therapy/treatment:

Example Disorders:
stuttering, hearing loss, aphasia, childhood language delays, articulation delays, phonological delays, laryngectomy

Example Therapies:
language therapy, articulation therapy, phonological therapy, plastic surgery to repair cleft palate, alaryngeal speech rehabilitation, passy muir valves, hearing aids, foreign accent modification

For more tips on creating keyword searches, see the Journal Articles section of this guide

Once you find some items, you can use subject headings to find other items that cover the same topic.

Subject Searching

Try these subjects to browse the General and Reference Collections.

aphasia speech therapists
articulation disorders speech therapy (with subcategories)
language acquisition stuttering
mutism voice disorders
speech disorders (with subcategories)

Call Number Searching

Another strategy is to search by call number. Health-related materials are shelved in the "R" section of libraries that use the Library of Congress classification system. SLP books are located in multiple call number areas.

Subject Call Number Range
Hearing, Psychology BF 251
Psychology of Language and Speech BF 455
Child Psychology Communication BF 723.C57
School Health Services LB 3251-3454
Language and Learning LC 4028
Early Language Acquisition/Emergent Lexicon P 118
Phonetics P 221
Anatomy and Physiology of Speech QM 251
Human Anatomy - Ear QM 507
Physiology of Aging QP 86
Physiology of Voice and Speech QP 306
Neurophysiology - Hearing - Physiological Acoustics QP 461 - QP 471
Communication Disorders RC 423
Stuttering RC 424
Articulation Disorders RC 424.7
Aphasia RC 425
Otology - Diseases of the Ear RF 110 - RF 285
Audiology - Hearing Disorders RF 290 - RF 294
Audiology - Special Tests and Methods RF 294.5
Hearing Disorders - Instruments RF 298 - RF 310
Diseases of the Larynx, Vocal Cords. Instrumentation RF 510
Language and Communication Disorders in Children RJ 496

There are two locations for "print" or physical material (videos or software) in the C.O.D. Library: the reference collection (items don't leave the Library) and the general stacks (items that you can take home). Library staff members will be happy to help you find books in either section--just ask!

Reference Materials

Reference materials are well indexed, up-to-date, concise, and highly credible. They provide overviews, definitions, specific information (such as causes & symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, prognosis, etc) or addresses. Types of reference books include: directories, dictionaries and encyclopedias, basic health books (describing diseases and conditions), and drug resources. Since you cannot normally take these materials home, remember that you will have to photocopy, or write down the information that you need. Some reference materials are available full text, online via our databases. Below are some examples of the types of reference books found in the C.O.D. reference collection.

Some of these resources are designed for consumers (such as the Johns Hopkins or Mayo Clinic health books), some for health students and consumers (the Gale Encyclopedia series), and some for health professionals (Cecil or Harrison's), so the type and level of information differs to suit each audience. Some reference works are available in Spanish language versions.

small yellow star.jpgReference Best Bets

Dictionary of Communication Disorders

Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary

small yellow star.jpgGale Encyclopedia of Medicine, 4th edition
* This link will allow you to simultaneously search all of the specialized Gale Encyclopedias available in the Gale Virtual Reference Library database

Melloni's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, 4th edition
REF R121 .D76 2002

Merriam-Webster Online Medical Dictionary (select medical reference, includes audio pronunciations)

small yellow star.jpgGoldman's Cecil Medicine, 24th edition
REF RC46 .C423 2012

Conn's Current Therapy
REF RM101 .C87 2013

Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment
REF RC71 .A14 2014

Encyclopedia of the Human Brain

small yellow star.jpgHarrison's Principles of Internal Medicine
REF RC46 .H333 2012

Streaming Health & Medical Videos

You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access these video databases from off-campus.

Academic Video Online
A diverse collection of full-length streaming videos. A wide-range of disciplines are included. Most useful to SLPs is the Health & Health Care collection. Also included in the subscription are full transcripts of each video program that are keyword searchable, easy playlist and clip making functionality, permanent embeddable URLs for easy use in online courses.

Nursing Education in Video
Nursing Education in Video is an online collection of videos created specifically for the education and training of nurses, nursing assistants, and other healthcare workers. All of the videos in the collection have been created with the guidance of the Medcom-Trainex advisory board, and are regularly reviewed for accuracy, currency, and compliance with US Federal regulations from agencies such as OSHA and CMS.

Rehabilitation Therapy in Video
Rehabilitation Therapy in Video is a collection of video materials for the study of occupational therapy, physical/physiotherapy, and speech-language pathology. The collection allows students and faculty to easily find, cite, and share footage of top clinicians and academics explaining the underlying anatomical and neurological issues in specific patient populations, while demonstrating effective techniques and methods for their treatment.

Sports Medicine And Exercise Science In Video
Sports Medicine and Exercise Science in Video is the most extensive video collection ever assembled in the areas of fitness and health assessment, disease management, injury treatment, nutrition, medical fitness, sport science, work-site wellness, exercise adherence, and much more.

Remember that additional DVDs, CD-ROMs and health-related multimedia resources can be found by searching the COD Library catalog. Use your COD Library card to check these items out for in-library, home viewing, or online access (depending on availability).

Anatomical Models

Anatomical Models are available at the Library circulation desk.

For even more assistance with anatomy & physiology, check out the COD Library's Anatomy & Physiology Research Guide!

Speech Language Pathology Guide

thumb_child_reading.jpgThis guide is a starting point for locating Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) and Speech Language Pathology (SLP) books, videos, anatomical models, journal articles, and credible websites.

The menu on the right will help you research, locate, evaluate and cite resources in APA style.

Ask Your Health Science Librarian

Do you need help finding information on a specific topic? In addition to using our face-to-face, online and phone Ask A Librarian options, you may call or email me to set up an appointment or to explain what you need (I can often help you via email). Please remember that while I can assist you in finding information and can educate you about locating and citing quality health resources, I cannot diagnose or recommend treatment for specific conditions or diseases. I also cannot interpret assignments--ask your instructor! I will always refer specific medical and assignment-related questions back to your health care provider or instructor. Your questions will be kept in confidence and your privacy will be respected.

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