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Communication Sciences & Disorders

This is a guide to resources relating to audiology and speech-language pathology.

Best Bets

These databases are my top picks for research in Communication Sciences & Disorders issues.

Specialized Databases

These more subject specific databases may also work well for your research. Read the descriptions of each tool to help you determine whether one would be appropriate for your topic.

Writing a Literature Review

Professionals, researchers, and students conduct searches within scholarly literature on a particular topic to

  • find an answer to a question 
  • identify pervious research on a topic
  • identify a problem
  • discover methods from other fields
  • generate background information, or 
  • identify useful procedures or measures.

This book chapter summarizes the literature review process from an audiology and speech language pathology perspective.

Citation Management Tools

Use a citation management tool to build a database of your sources, and integrate properly formatted in-text and reference list citations with the click of a button as you write your paper. Online training and resources are available for Zotero, RefWorks, EndNote, and EndNote Online.

Would you like to learn to use a citation manager? Make an appointment with Veronica Bielat, the Honors Librarian. She can provide individual training in-person or online, and get you started in 30 minutes. It's important to begin using a citation manager early in your Honors Thesis project, when you begin to gather information sources.

Connecting to Full Text Using Article Linker

Journals and Impact Factors

What is an Impact Factor?

An impact factor is a measure of the frequency with which the "average article" in a journal has been cited in a particular year or period. The impact factor is a ratio between citations and recent citable items published. Thus, the impact factor of a journal is calculated by dividing the number of current year citations to the source items published in that journal during the previous two years.

The impact factor is useful in clarifying the significance of absolute (or total) citation frequencies. It eliminates some of the bias of such counts which favor large journals over small ones, or frequently issued journals over less frequently issued ones, and of older journals over newer ones.

Perhaps the most important and recent use of impact is in the process of academic evaluation. The impact factor can be used to provide a gross approximation of the prestige of journals in which individuals have been published. This is best done in conjunction with other considerations such as peer review, productivity, and subject specialty citation rates.

How to Find an Impact Factor?

Impact Factors may be found using Journal Citation Reports.