Communication Disorders Research Guide

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Reference Works

These reference materials present overviews and background information, define terms and concepts, and suggest more in-depth readings. Use reference books to begin your research or to clarify terms that you don't understand.

MIT Encyclopedia of Communication Disorders

RC423 .M56 2004 REF

Concise Encyclopedia of Language Pathology

RC423 .C656 1999 REF

Praeger handbook of special education

LC3957 .P73 2007 REF

Terminology of communication disorders : speech-language-hearing

RC423 .N52 2004 REF

Hegde's PocketGuide to assessment in speech-language pathology* RC423 .H38286 2008 REF
Hegde's PocketGuide to communication disorders* RC423 .H38287 2008 REF
Hegde's PocketGuide to treatment in speech-language pathology* RC423 .H38288 2008 REF

*Copies of these three titles are in the main book stacks and can be checked out!

Journal Articles

Find articles

McCartney Library subscribes to several databases that contain articles related to communication disorders. See the database descriptions below to decide which database to search.

Academic Search Complete (EBSCOhost)

This large multi-disciplinary database is probably the best place to start looking for articles on communication disorders. When you search this database, you are searching hundreds of journals at once, including most of the ASHA journals.

CINAHL Complete (EBSCOhost)

Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature covers the fields of healthcare and medicine with scholarly journal articles, care sheets, and quick facts. Include the full text of many ASHA journals as well as others dealing with speech disorders.

Communication Source (EBSCOhost)

Scholarly articles, conference papers, trade periodicals, magazines relating to communication, linguistics, rhetoric and discourse, speech-language pathology, media studies and related fields. Many articles available full-text. A specialized thesaurus helps correlate related material and facilitates browsing by topic.

Education Source (EBSCOhost)

Education Source covers topics related to all levels of education, including articles related to communication disorders in children or working with speech in schools.


This database provides articles related to the psychology of communication disorders. For more information on searching the Psychology databases, check out our Psychology Research Guide.

ASHA journals

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) journals will be a key resource for your research. You can search them all at once in the Academic Search Complete database, or on the ASHA website. Below we describe how to locate the full text articles for each journal.

  • American Journal of Audiology
  • American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
  • ASHA Leader
  • Journal of Speech, Language & Hearing Research
  • Language, Speech, & Hearing Services in Schools


At McCartney Library

Search MacCAT for books that McCartney Library owns.

Looking for ... Type in search box Select search type Example
Works by a particular author Last name, first name Author Search Wigg, Elisabeth
A book Title of book (don't include a, an, or the if it's the first word) Title Search MIT encyclopedia of communication disorders
Works about
communication disorders
communicative disorders Subject Heading Search Communicative disorders--Genetic aspects
(click on a relevant topic to see titles)
Specific topics [keyword]
[keyword] and [keyword]
"exact phrase"
Keyword Boolean Search aphasia
aphasia and treatment
"usher syndrome"

Once you find one useful book, browse the shelves nearby. Books are shelved together by topic, so you may find additional relevant material.

In other libraries

Search WorldCat to find books from libraries all over the world.

  • The database is big, so search for a specific topic.
  • Add dates in the YEAR box to get only the most recent works, e.g. 1985-2008
  • Most books that McCartney Library doesn't have can be ordered for free through interlibrary loan. It usually takes about a week for the items to arrive.

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