Library Resources and Services for BBSQ 5940, Evaluation of Research in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

| September 11, 2019

This research guide is designed to provide an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in Dr. Sarah Perry’s course BBSQ 5940, Evaluation of Speech-Language PathologyResearch in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.  The resources, primarily
electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected as ones supporting the objectives of the course, i.e., to provide students with “a way of understanding and evaluating research in speech-language pathology” and to help “both evaluate existing research and to explore a topic of interest.”  The guide also includes a section describing research consultation and assistance services and options for document retrieval and delivery available to all members of the Teachers College community.

Library Resources

Online Catalogs

Periodical Indexes

Federated Search Engines

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

E-Collections (Text, Images, Sound)

Handbooks of Research and Practice

Reviews of Research

Citation Indexes

Digital Archives

Bibliography and Citation Management Programs

Library Services and Publications

All students, faculty, and researchers also have access to a number of important library services and publications provided to support and facilitate research and study in their particular programs and disciplines.



Online Catalogs

EDUCAT – The most definitive record of the holdings of the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College, including books, e-books, journals, e-journals, dissertations, media, and other specialized collections of all kinds.

CLIO Catalog – The union catalog of Columbia University Libraries (exclusive of the libraries of Teachers College, the Columbia Law School, and Jewish Theological Seminary), providing the most definitive record of individual libraries’ holdings of books, e-books, journals, e-journals, dissertations, media, and other specialized collections of all kinds.

WorldCat – The union catalog of the contents of over 10,000 libraries worldwide, providing the means to do exhaustive searching by author, title, subject, and numerous other criteria and to find locations for specific items in libraries nearby and elsewhere.  WorldCat is also freely accessible on the Web at worldcat.org.

Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) are the official subject terms prescribed by the Library of Congress for the cataloging of books and are in use in essentially all academic libraries.   To find works on the evaluation of research in speech-language pathology and audiology on related topics, it may be useful to use some of the subject terms, or combinations of terms, listed below when searching the online catalogs of libraries at Teachers College, Columbia University, and other institutions.

  • Audiology
  • Audiology — Research
  • Audiology — Research — Evaluation
  • Communicative disorders
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Language disorders
  • Language disorders — Research
  • Speech disorders
  • Speech disorders — Research
  • Speech disorders — Research — Evaluation

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Periodical Indexes

Speech-language pathology-related databases:

ComDisDome – This database is “an indexing and abstracting tool covering the communications disorders literature, with focus on speech-language pathology and audiology.”  Subject coverage includes audiologic management, audiology, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), communication mechanism and systems, Electroneuronography (ENoG), hearing assessment, hearing conservation, hearing impairment, hearing science, pediatric audiology, professional issues, rehabilitative audiology, speech/articulation, and speech-language pathology.

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts – This index covers “the international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences,” and “all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics.”  Subject coverage also includes anthropological linguistics, applied linguistics, descriptive linguistics, discourse analysis, language – pathological and normal, learning disabilities, nonverbal communication, and psycholinguistics.

speechBITE – This resource is “a database of intervention studies across the scope of speech pathology practice . . . speechBITE was launched in 2008 by a team of speech pathologists at the University of Sydney who wanted easier access and better appraisal of research evidence in the area of communication and swallowing disorders.”  Research designs on speechBITE include systematic reviews, randomized control trials (RCTs), non-randomized control trials (non-RCTs), case studies (CS), and single-case designs.

Biomedical databases:

Biological Abstracts (CU) – An index with abstracts to periodicals in biology and the life sciences.  Provides access to biological and medical research findings, clinical studies, and discoveries of new organisms.  Coverage is international, and includes biochemistry, biomedicine, biotechnology, genetics, microbiology, and pharmacology.

BioMed Central (CU) – Provides access to 207 open access biological and biomedical research journals, as well as current reports and meeting abstracts.  BioMed Central offers information about current controlled trials, as well as topics in modern biology.

CINAHL Plus with Full Text – The online version of the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, providing full text for more than 750 journals indexed in CINAHL from 1981-present.

EMBASE (CU) –  This database describes itself as “a highly versatile, multipurpose and up-to-date biomedical research database. It covers the most important international biomedical literature from 1947 to the present day and all articles are indexed in depth using Elsevier’s Life Science thesaurus Embase Indexing and Emtree.”

MEDLINE – MEDLINE covers the international literature on biomedicine, including the allied health fields and the biological and physical sciences, humanities, and information science as they relate to medicine and health care. Information is indexed from approximately 3,900 journals published world-wide.  Our library makes the database available via the Ebsco platform; ISI Web of Knowledge Medline (CU) and Ovid MEDLINE (CU) are also available via Columbia.

PubMed (CU) – “Provides access to over 16 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. Includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources.”

Multidisciplinary databases:

Academic Search Premier – A multidisciplinary database providing full text for more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles.  PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals.  See also Academic Search Complete (CU), a scholarly, multidisciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.  The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887.

JSTOR (CU) – An online archive of over 1,200 leading scholarly journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work.  Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and include previous and related titles.

ProQuest (CU) – Provides broad multidisciplinary coverage of scholarly  journals, newspapers, dissertations, and other types of publications; for international coverage and access to full texts of dissertations only, search ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global, a subset of ProQuest.

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Federated Search Engines

Super Search (via Gottesman Libraries) – To search some or all of our periodical indexes and EDUCAT simultaneously for books, journal articles, reports, dissertations, etc.

Quicksearch (via Columbia University Libraries) – To search the catalog, multiple periodical indexes, and other web resources simultaneously within a variety of subjects and disciplinary subcategories.

Google Scholar – Provides the means to search for scholarly research across many disciplines and sources:   articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other web sites.

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Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Print Resources

Terminology of Communication Disorders:  Speech-Language-Hearing (4th Edition, 1996)

E-Resources

Dictionary of Communication Disorders – The 4th (2004) edition of this dictionary provides “explanations of terms used in the field of speech, therapy pathology and relevant terms in related fields including augmentative, alternative communication, hearing, linguistic[s], medicine, phonetics/phonology and psychology/psychiatry.”

The MIT Encyclopedia of Communication Disorders – This reference work, published in 2003, offers “almost 200 detailed entries, covering the entire range of communication and speech disorders in children and adults, from basic science to clinical diagnosis . . . topics covered in MITECD include cochlear implants for children and adults, pitch perception, tinnitus, alaryngeal voice and speech rehabilitation, neural mechanisms of vocalization, holistic voice therapy techniques, computer-based approaches to children’s speech and language disorders, neurogenic mutism, regional dialect, agrammatism, global aphasia, and psychosocial problems associated with communicative disorders.”

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E-Collections (Text, Images, Sound)

Ebook Central – Online books across a range of subject areas; searchable, under Browse Subjects, by Health, Medicine, Anatomy/Physiologyetc. and various sub-topics, and by author, title, and other criteria.

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Handbooks of Research and Practice

Print Resources

The Handbook of Adult Language Disorders:  Integrating Cognitive Neuropsychology, Neurology, and Rehabilitation (2002)

Roeser’s Audiology Desk Reference (1996)

Speech-Language Pathology Desk Reference (1998)

E-Resources

The Handbook of Language and Speech Disorders – This 2010 publication comprises 26 chapters divided into four main sections:  Part I, Foundations; Part II, Language Disorders; Part III, Speech Disorders; and Part IV, Cognitive and Intellectual Disorders.  “Contributions from leading experts explore current issues, landmark studies, and the main topics in the field, and include relevant information on analytical methods and assessment.”

Handbook of Qualitative Research in Communication Disorders (CU) – This 2014 publication “introduces and illustrates the wide range of qualitative paradigms that have been used in recent years to investigate various aspects of communication disorders.  The first part of the Handbook introduces in some detail the concept of qualitative research and its application to communication disorders, and describes the main qualitative research approaches. . .  The second part illustrates these approaches through a series of case studies of different communication disorders using qualitative methods of research.”

Routledge Handbook of Communication Disorders (CU) – Comprising 37 chapters by experts in the field, this 2015 resource is intended to provide “an update on key issues and research in the clinical application of the speech, language and hearing sciences in both children and adults.”  The work  “emphasizes the application of theory to clinical practice throughout, and is arranged by the four key bases of communication impairments:  Neural/Genetic Bases; Perceptual-Motor Bases;  Cognitive-Linguistic Bases; and Socio-Cultural Bases.”

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Reviews of Research

Annual Reviews (CU) – Reviews of topics in biomedical, physical, and social sciences published as annual journals; see series for Linguistics, Neuroscience, Pathology:  Mechanisms of Disease, Physiology, Psychology, and others.

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Citation Indexes

Scopus (CU) – Abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze, and visualize research.

Web of Science (CU)  – Comprising the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Science Citation Index Expanded, this database supports searching by topic, author, or publication name, and is also a major means for doing cited reference searching, to find articles that cite a person’s work.

Google Scholar – Provides the means to search by author or publication title, and indicates and provides links to works that have cited the documents retrieved.

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Digital Archives

PocketKnowledge – The social archive of Teachers College, including unpublished manuscripts and archives from the library’s collections, documents from other departments and administrative offices College-wide, and the work of TC students, faculty, and researchers.

Academic Commons (CU) – Columbia University’s online repository, where current faculty, students, and staff can deposit the results of their scholarly work and research.

Internet Archive – A non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies, and music, as well as 150 billion archived web pages.

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Bibliography and Citation Management Programs

Citation Management Software – An extensive description of and guide to the use of ZoteroMendeley, and EndNote, courtesy of Columbia University Libraries.

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Library Services and Publications

Ask a Librarian – To explore a variety of kinds of research support:  submit an email reference query to librarians onsite; request a research consultation with a Gottesman librarian; review frequently asked questions via the library’s Knowledge Database.

E-Reserves – Provides online access to digital course readings, including e-journal articles and book chapters, as well as call numbers for physical course reserves materials (books, DVDs, videos, etc.).

Document Delivery – The means to recommend items for purchase and/or to request from other libraries materials  (dissertations, book chapters, journal articles, etc.) not available through the Gottesman or Columbia University Libraries.

Learning at the Library – The Gottesman Libraries’ blog via the Pressible platform, including content in many topical areas contributed by library staff members.

Teachers College Record – Teachers College Record is a key journal of research, analysis, and commentary in the field of education. It has been published continuously since 1900 by Teachers College, Columbia University and is currently edited by the Gottesman Libraries Director and staff members of the library’s EdLab publishing team.  All faculty, students, and staff of Teachers College are entitled to free online access to TCR, which includes access to the entirety of the online archives beginning with the first volume.

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