Web-based Information Resources for Evidence Based Practice in Speech-Language Pathology
The following websites are from an article by Judith Kuster, "Web-based Information Resources for Evidence Based Practice in Speech-Language Pathology." Sites may have been added or deleted since the article was written. This page is provided as hotlinks as an aid to those searching for information.
Collaborations for Evidence-Based Practice
Peer-Reviewed Literature Allows You To Do the Work
If you want a little review on how to interpret research
Fee-Based (may be available through a university library
- AskERIC the world's largest source of education information, from the Department of Education.
- PubMed is an Internet interface for MEDLINE, which is the National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database of over 11 million references and abstracts of journal articles in life sciences, dating back to the mid 1960's.
- KnowledgeFinder Medline is a service where the results are presented as a list and papers assumed most relevant are listed first.
- BioMedNet allows you to access a wide range of services for research professionals.
- CHID online is the bibliographic Combined Health Information Database (Department of Health and Human Services), produced by health-related agencies of the federal government. There are prepared searches from CHID on Aphasia, Stuttering, Traumatic Brain Injury.
- TRIP Database was designed to be an "evidence-based" database. Emphasis has expanded to include peer-reviewed journals and other publications It currently searches over 55 sites of high-quality medical information and provides direct, hyperlinked access to the largest collection of 'evidence-based' material on the web as well as articles from on-line journals such as the BMJ, JAMA, NEJM.
- REHABDATA from the National Rehabilitation Information Center, includes research reports, books, journal articles, audiovisual materials, and organizations.
- CRISP (Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects) is a searchable database of federally funded biomedical research projects conducted at universities, hospitals, and other research institutions that have been supported by the Department of Health and Human Services since 1972.
- EMBASE is a bibliographic database which covers drug research including side effects and drug interactions. A free demo contains approximately 30,000 records.
- CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) is a bibliographic database which covers nursing and allied health literature from 1982 to the present, including speech-language pathology and audiology.
- OVID provides access to a variety of resources including bibliographic databases (such as MEDLINE, EMBASE and CINAHL); more than 300 full text journals; and other clinical information products such as Evidence Based Medicine Reviews (EBMR) and some textbooks. EBMR provides content from the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and from ACP Journal Club.
- OCLC FirstSearch is a library subscription service that provides users online access to more than 70 databases, including OCLC WorldCat, OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online, OCLC NetFirst, OCLC ArticleFirst, OCLC PAIS International, OCLC PapersFirst, OCLC ProceedingsFirst, and OCLC Union Lists of Periodicals. OCLC FirstSearch links to over 5.9 million online full text articles, full-image articles from over 3,500 electronic journals, library holdings, and interlibrary loan.
Full Text Peer-Reviewed Literature
Fee-based Professional Research Information
Freely-Available Professional Research Information
- May be available free through university library computers
- Ingenta combined with the former Uncover on CARL service in 2000 to offer free access, where available, to the article summaries of over 25,000 publications and the full-text of over 5,400 publications from 160 publishers if you are a subscriber.
- elibrary is subscription-based, but offers a seven day free trial. It has over 13 million documents from thousands of newspapaers, journals, books, and encyclopedias.
- Northern Light Special Collection is an online library with over 7000 full-text journals, books, magazines, newswires, and reference sources, and includes over 25 million full-text documents. Most of the articles start from January 1995 and are typically available for under $4.
- Conference Papers is a fee-based service which provides citations to papers and poster sessions presented at major scientific meetings around the world.
- Dissertation Abstracts Online is a fee-based service which provides subject, title, and author information to dissertations accepted at an accredited institution since 1861 as well as selected Masters theses since 1962. Since 1988, the database includes citations for dissertations from 50 British universities and Worldwide Dissertations. Abstracts are included for doctoral dissertations since 1980 and for Masters theses since 1988.
- ASHA journals are online, and freely available to members.
- AJA American Journal of Audiology - online version provides full access to articles in the current volume and in all past volumes since AJA' s inception in November 1991.
- AJSLP - American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, beginning with the February 1999 issue.
- JSLHR - Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, beginning with the February 1999 issue.
- LSHSS - Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, beginning with the January 1999 issue.
- Free Medical Journals Site is dedicated to the promotion of free access to full text medical journals over the Internet. Some of the journals are available as soon as they are printed. Others are available after they have been distributed in print versions varying from 6 months to 2 years after publication. Examples of the over 800 journals linked to this site are:
- Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa provides links to selected free full-text online electronic medical journals
- ProQuest Digital Dissertations allows free access to the most current two years of citations and abstracts in the Dissertation Abstracts database.
Venturing Farther Out on the Internet
Dedicated Internet databases Although the following resources may provide good information and link to valuable resources, that is not always the case. You must use your professional judgment to evaluate the information
Examples of Efficacy Information on the Internet in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
- Internet Public Library (IPL), a public service by the University of Michigan School of Information, includes online texts, newspapers, serials, and professional associations. They are in the process of integrating the subject guides, which are written by specialists, that were formerly housed at the Argus Clearinghouse.
- Healthfinder is a free guide "to reliable consumer health and human services information, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services."
- The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
provides health information about human communication and
disorders of hearing, balance, smell, taste, and of special relevance for speech-language pathologists, voice, speech, and language. NIDCD also established the NIDCD Information Clearinghouse, to help health professionals, patients, people in industry, and the public locate health information about human communication disorders.
- Harriet Lane WWW Links is an edited collection of nearly 6000 pediatric Internet resources, maintained and edited at the Johns Hopkins University. The search engine will also submit your request to PubMed, NeoReviews, the Merck Manual and other appropriate databases.
- Subject guides (webliographies) are organized collections of links which are selected by an individual or group with special interest or expertise in a particular area. They do not index the all the information available on the Internet, but provide a selection of useful sites.
- OMNI (Organizing Medical Networked Information), based in the UK, is a gateway to the Internet for medicine, biosciences, and allied health, offering free access to a searchable catalog of Internet sites covering health and medicine.
- Medical World Search is available at a nominal fee, and contains over 100,000 full-text web pages from thousands of high-quality medical sites.
- Family Village describes itself as "a global community that integrates information, resources, and communication opportunities on the Internet. . . [and]. . . includes informational resources on specific diagnoses, communication connections, adaptive products and technology, adaptive recreational activities, education, worship, health issues, disability-related media and literature, and much, much more!"
- Hardin Metadirectory of Internet Health Resources is a Clearinghouse for Internet directories on various medically-related topics. Searching through this resource will lead to many relevant resources, such as:
General Search Strategies Before venturing further out on the internet, you may want to review important points to consider when accessing information in searches on the Internet suggested by Laura Cohen, Network Services Librarian, University at Albany Libraries
- Two specialized search engines deserve special mention.
- SumSearch is a 'meta-searching service' that searches:
- The Merck Manual
- MEDLINE for full-text review articles and editorials
- National Guideline Clearinghouse from the Agency for
Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR)
- Database of Abstract of Reviews of Effectiveness (DARE)
- MEDLINE for original research.
- Scirus is a specialized search engine that concentrates on scientific content only (such as university web sites and author homepages) and by searching both web and journal sources. It currently accesses MEDLINE through BioMedNet and claims to find more peer reviewed articles than other search engine. It recognizes formats other than html (PDF, Postscript) in which scientific papers are often placed on the Internet.
- More familiar search engines Phrasing a search question that describes the specific client problem is an important step in finding clinically relevant evidence. Also most search engines have advanced search strategy tutorials which are helpful.
- Example of a directory
- Examples of general search engines
- Examples of metasearch engines
- Subscribing to mailing lists and searching archives
Most of the ASHA divisions have mailing lists. Information about subscribing is available on the various Division webpages
- Personal Connections with Those Who Have Experience
- Using the search engines to find websites developed by consumers
- Subscribing to various mailing lists on the Internet
- Google's newsgroup archive
created March 22, 2002
last updated March 25, 2002
webweaver, Judith Kuster