Getting Started: Electronic Publications
by Judith Maginnis Kuster - Mankato State University
Newspapers, newsletters, magazines, journals, booklets, books, even encyclopedias are available through the internet. Some E-publications are available by subscribing. Others are on the World-Wide Web (WWW). A good resource to explore the variety of electronic publications is on the internet.
- ALS DIGEST is an electronic newsletter concerning amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. To subscribe email firstname.lastname@example.org
- CRL NEWSLETTER produced by the Center for Research in Language, features language and cognition-related papers is available on the web or by e-mail: email@example.com.
- Back issues of ENABLE a newletter about technology, designed for special educators.
- FONETIKS@MAILBASE.AC.UK is a monthly newsletter for those interested in phonetics, phonology and speech science. To subscribe, e-mail the following message to firstname.lastname@example.org fonetiks firstname lastname.
Journals are typically peer-reviewed, providing research and thinking about current professional issues. Advantages of electronic journals include faster dissemination of information, key-word searchable capabilities, space-limitations of hard-copy journals may not apply, and availablity not only of pictures, charts, and graphs, but potentially links to bibliographical references, sound and video clips. Some internet journals provide only the table of contents (TOC), or abstracts (often key-word searchable) and can help narrow your topic before a library search. Examples of relevent professional journals with only abstracts or a TOC on the internet:
Other journals are available in both hard-copy and on the internet, or only on the internet.
There is a growing number of handbooks that are important resources for speech-language pathologists:
Many books are available online. Examples of children's books which may be appropriate for therapy:
Good adult literature is also available.
You can also add "books" to your professional library via the internet, such as
- MULTILINGUAL GLOSSARY OF TECHNICAL AND POPULAR MEDICAL TERMS contains1830 medical terms in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Danish.
- Other "books" can augment regular texts by providing links to relevant resources, often unavailable in print-text form. For example, Kuster's VIRTUAL TEXTBOOK ON HEARING AND HEARING DISORDERS at
provides organized links, including to Roy Sullivan's extensive collection of video otoscopy slides, Scott Bradley and Eric Christensen's simulated hearing loss examples, Joe Williams and Clifford Guren's fingerspell tutorial and Jay Luker and Karen McComas' audiology hearing suite.
- BRITANNICA ONLINE - Encyclopedia Britannica. Sign up for a free seven day trial or an annual subscription.
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Expanded information from Kuster, Judith Maginnis (July 1996) Electronic publications, ASHA Magazine