Purpose: To acquaint you with print and online materials in Cornette Library that will make researching the literature for communication disorders easier.
- Provide background information.
- Include information sources like dictionaries and encyclopedias.
- American Sign Language: A Comprehensive Dictionary
- HV 2475 .S77 1981 Ref.
- The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language
- P 29 .C64 1987 Ref.
- McMinn's Color Atlas of Human Anatomy
- QM 25 .M23 2003 Ref
- Medical Subject Headings
- Reference Dept. - Index Shelves
- Multicultural Manners: Essential Rules of Etiquette for the 21st Century
- BJ 1854 .D75 2005 Ref.
- Random House American Sign Language Dictionary
- HV 2475 .C66 1994 Ref.
- Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary
- R 121 .T18 Ref.
- Look in general areas arranged by Library of Congress classification call numbers.
- Read more about Understanding Call Numbers from Rutgers University.
- Examples of areas to browse:
- RC: Internal medicine. Practice of medicine
- RC321 - RC571: Neurology and psychiatry
- RC423 - RC429: Speech and language disorders
- RC424: Stuttering
- RC424.7: Articulation disorders
- RC425 - RC425.7: Aphasia
- RF: Otorhinolaryngology
- RF286 - RF320: Deafness
- RF510 - RF 540: Voice disorders
- RJ: Pediatrics
- RJ496.A6: Aphasia, pediatric
- RJ496.S7: Speech disorders, pediatric
- RJ496.S8: Stuttering, pediatric
- Cornette Library's online catalog
- Includes books, government documents, videos, journal titles, etc. available throughout the Library. Suggested searches include:
- a keyword search for your subject, such as communication disorders
- a general LC subject heading such as communicative disorders or speech therapy
- a specific LC subject heading such as speech disorders diagnosis
To determine the most appropriate subject headings when searching the online catalog, refer to the red Library of Congress Subject Headings near the Reference computers in the Library or search the online Library of Congress Authorities Catalog.
Provide current information
- Library shelves contain more than 1500 bound and current journals.
- Microform (film or fiche) available for many journals.
- Databases index articles found in journals and magazines. Sometimes they:
- Have only a citation to the article
- Have a citation and a short summary (abstract) of the article
- Have the full text of an article (some or all of the articles)
- Are general, covering many kinds of topics
- Are specialized, for specific disciplines
- For your research be sure to use scholarly sources, not general interest magazines. The differences are important, for citation and for evaluating reliability.
How to Access Databases
- On-campus: In the library or HELC.
- Off-campus: Login with the last seven digits of your Buffalo Gold Card number and your last name.
- Database citations not available in full-text in a database may be found in print using Cornette Library's online catalog or online in another database using the list of online journals.
- Use Interlibrary Loan to request articles not available in Cornette Library resources. Allow up to 2 weeks for articles (3 weeks for books) to arrive.
Places to Start
- Power Search
- Search multiple databases with one search. Keyword searching, cannot limit to scholarly journals. Cannot search a phrase such as speech disorders. Best for simple keyword searches. Need to go to the actual database for more specific or complex searches.
- Power Search: Find Databases: Communications: Communication Disorders
- Suggested communication disorders databases.
Communication Disorders Resources
- Indexes scholarly literature in psychology and other related disciplines including communication disorders. International coverage. Searchable thesaurus. Includes Communication Disorders Quarterly, Journal of Neurolinguistics, and Topcs in Language Disorders. Some full-text.
- Academic Search Complete
- Multi-disciplinary database. Offers options of limiting results to items from peer-reviewed journals and full-text items. Includes Journal of Speech, Language & Hearing Research; ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) Leader; and Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development. Some full text.
- Medline (EBSCO)
- Citations and full-text for articles in journals received by the National Library of Medicine. International in scope. Much more full-text through EBSCO than the free PUBMED version.
- Science Citation Index
- Search by topic to find significant literature in various fields. Has citations only--use SFX links to find full text for some items.
Other Useful Resources
- Includes SFX links to some full-text in all areas of nursing and allied health. Has citations only.
- Journals@Ovid Full Text
- Use SFX to link to some full-text articles or limit your search to Ovid Full Text Available for the 39 full-text journals available. Limited concurrent users, please LOG OUT after using.
- Science Direct
- Full-text of articles in many scientific journals. Useful for information on specific communication disorders.
- An education index, ERIC has some information about speech and hearing services in schools. Includes Journal of Communication Disorders; Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders; and Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools. Some full text.
- Health & Wellness Resource Center
- Articles from nursing, medicine, and allied health sources for professionals and consumers. Most available in full text.
Most of our databases will include the logo with the search results. Clicking this link will open a popup window with at least one of the following options:
- One or more links to the full text of the cited article available in another database.
- A link to a pre-set search of the Cornette Library catalog for the cited item.
- A link to a pre-filled Interlibrary Loan request form for the article.
- A link to various help options.
If you would like more information about the feature, please see the tutorial Using SFX to Link to Articles.
- Interlibrary Loan allows you to obtain books and articles not available in the Cornette Library.
- Items come from another library, generally at no cost to you.
- Requests can take up to two weeks for articles and up to three weeks for books.
- You must fill out a request form for each item.
- Ask at the Reference Desk (first floor) or Periodicals Desk (second floor).
- Call 651-2215 during the hours Cornette Library is open.
- Use the "Ask A Librarian" page for electronic reference support.
Why must I cite the sources I use for research projects?
- To give credit to the author of the information you use.
- To avoid plagiarism (WTAMU current Code of Student Life). Plagiarism is a serious offense that can result in a failing grade or worse!
- So that others can verify the information.
- To assist others in doing their own research.
- Ms. Clark requires you to use APA Citation Style.
- A copy of the newest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is located at the Reference Desk.
- Additional assistance is available from our Citation Basics web page.
- Suggestions for improvements?
- Particularly helpful items?
- please email Linda Chenoweth.