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Communication Sciences and Disorders: Overview

Summer 2020

Need help? I'm available: email wiswellj@, Zoom, chat, appointment, (with 6 ft. spacing) at Levine 542F or Library, wherever.   Zoom by appointment, but almost any time.

Selected CSD journals

These first four are ASHA journals.  You can find and access full text of each one using PubMed, CINAHL, Google Scholar or other databases.

CSD Reference sources


Try out the Cambridge Handbook of Communication Disorders for your topic.  It has 2014 reviews on a wide range of CSD topics.  We have the ebook, plus one in Reference Stacks (1st floor) and one to check out ( RC423 .C24 2014, 3rd floor).

Books for CSD

Locations of books, mostly on 3rd floor in NE corner.  (But also see HV 2353 - HV 2999, in Education area on 2nd floor.)


Finding Articles -- Databases for CSD

More ASHA and other CSD Resources

More Useful Databases for CSD

Contact -- John Wiswell

John Wiswell
Belk Library 225   262-7853
Available for consultations with students and faculty, and of course, for class sessions -- Email me.

Getting Full Text!

Our Find@ASU button in our article databases takes you to electronic full text, if we have it. 

Find@ASU button that tries to take you to full text

Still not getting full text?  Many full text articles are available for free in some form.  If you have a distinct article title or a DOI, try a quick search in Google Scholar (and Google).  We also have ILLiad to get articles from other libraries.  NEW -- Try Unpaywall.

Library Reference Chat

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Primal Pictures

Anatomy imaging software.

Explaining the Cochrane databases

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews -- These are the Cochrane organization's own systematic reviews.  Full text.

Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials  -- Change Search Limits to Trials.  Cochrane identifies randomized, controlled trials.  Not full text.

Cochrane Collaboration

The Cochrane Library  This link only works on campus.  But access the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and click on the Cochrane Library logo.  That will take you to the journal version, which I prefer sometimes.

Searching on outcomes

Often when I start on a topic in the health sciences, I am not familiar with treatments and outcomes.  (You might be much more familiar if you're practicing or in a practicum.)  I start by searching for reviews and primary articles on the problem.  The abstracts should include treatments and outcomes.  Once you identify some of the outcomes that make sense for your topic, you can go back and include those in your search.  Studies that focus on important outcomes will be more useful to you.

Example:  For dysphagia, one outcome might simply be weight gain or maintenance.  Others could be some measurement of swallowing ability or even patients' self-assessment.

Here are some categories of outcomes from a book just on Nursing Outcomes

  • Functional status
  • Self-care
  • Symptom management
  • Pain as a symptom outcome
  • Adverse patient outcomes
  • Psychological distress
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Mortality
  • Healthcare utilization

2019 -- Questions for departmental faculty meetings

#3 Liaisons attending dept meetings.

Questions like:

What info do you need?

How/where do you search for it?

Do we have the resources you need/use?

When do you get frustrated (w/search)? What do you find challenging

Where do you send your students for sources?

What don’t we know about ______?