Don't Forget The Library!

By Judith Maginnis Kuster

Recently I received the following: "I am a graduate student studying stuttering and wondering . . . where can I go to access the information (in text) provided in your Bibliography on Neurogenic Stuttering ?"

The short (and perhaps least time consuming) answer is "Check your university library." The long answer is "There are strategies to retrieve abstracts of many research articles and even some full-text articles on the Internet although you won't find electronic versions of everything that you'll find in the library and in many cases you will have to pay for the full-text article." Here are a few strategies to try.

Free and Fee-based Databases

If you have access to an organization (e.g., a university library) that subscribes to a database such as those below you may be able to access full-text articles.. Professional journals online

Many professional journals are available on password protected sites to members. For example, ASHA Journals are available a member benefit. AJA is available beginning with the November 1991 issue. AJSLP, JSLHR, and LSHSS are available beginning with 1999.

Some publishers provide non-subscribers abstracts of recent articles or tables of contents of journals. For example Karger provides access to Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, Phonetica, Audiology and Neuro-Otology, and Elsevier provides access to Journal of Communication Disorders, Journal of Fluency Disorders, Journal of Phonetics and Journal of Pragmatics, etc.

Several professional organizations place their full-text journals freely online 6-12 months after publication. Checking through Free Medical Journals Online and the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences you'll find publications such as: British Medical Journal, Stroke, Science, American Journal of Mental Retardation and many others.

Search Engines

Judith Kuster is in the department of speech, hearing, and rehabilitation services at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Contact her by email at All of Kuster’s Internet columns are on the ASHA Web site in HTML format with active links although URLs change and there is no guarantee that links from previous articles are still functional.

Kuster, JM, Don't Forget The Library!, ASHA Leader, February 4, 2003, p. 18.