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CD502:Research in Communication Disorders

Professor Stephen Sinclair; CD Librarian Marcia Henry

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Library Session Goals

1.  Locate basic science literature in speech-language sciences.
2.  Locate literature in applied research in speech disorders and diseases affecting speech.
       Learn how to use Medical Subject headings (MESH) in PubMed/ Medline, or CINAHL headings in CINAHLPlus

 view brief PubMed tutorials on subject searching and Medical Subject headings (MeSH)



    3.  Determine if a drug is known to have an adverse effect on speech.
    4.  Locate a secondary-type source of information on a specific topic.
             example would be review articles which PubMed identifies
    5.  Find an explanation of a medical procedure.
    6.  Find an APA citation tool.
    • Tutorial and link to sign up if you don't have an account yet http://library.csun.edu/FindResources/i-Endnoteweb
    • Endnote Web (now called EndNote Basic or EndNote Online )  Sign up -learn how to import records or use an EbscoHost database such as CINAHLPlus, ERIC, PsycINFO, Communication and Mass Media Abstracts to Export records into your Endnote Web Account
    • import records -several methods
    7.  Distinguish a retrospective research design from a prospective study on a specific topic. 

    8.  Evidence based research is

    9.  Learn to set up Google Scholar on your home computer so it links to our FIND TEXT (SFX)

    Types of Resources

    Primary Sources

    Primary sources are original materials on which other research is based. It includes documents such as poems, diaries, court records, interviews, surveys, fieldwork, and some newspaper articles. It also includes research results generated by experiments, which are published as journal articles in some fields of study.

    They are also sets of data, such as census statistics, which have been tabulated, but not interpreted.

    Secondary Sources

    Secondary sources describe or analyze the primary sources.

    Examples of secondary sources include: dictionaries, encyclopedias, textbooks, and books and articles that interpret or review research works.

    Tertiary Sources

    Examples of tertiary sources includes indexes and abstracts which serve to locate secondary and primary sources. An index will provide a citation which fully identifies the work: author, title of article, title of journal or book, publisher and date of publication, For a journal it will include the volume, issue and pagination. An abstract is a summary of the work being cited. Many indexes and abstract are available now online.

    Subject Area Primary Source Secondary Source Tertiary Source
    Art Original artwork Article critiquing the piece of art Art Index
    History Slave diary Book about the Underground Railroad American: History and Life
    Literature Poem Book on a particular genre of poetry MLA
    Computer Science Original research published as a journal article Introductory textbook on programming Computer Database
    Sociology Indian Education Act of 1972 Journal article on Native American education ERIC