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Communication Sciences & Disorders resources: Finding Articles and Evidence

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About Finding Articles and Evidence

All of the resources listed on this page are either freely available or are available through subscriptions (marked with lock icon). If you are off-campus, you may be prompted to sign in with hawk id and password.If you experience any difficulty with access or would like to recommend a resource to add, please contact the guide owner.

The databases listed on this page are excellent places to start a literature search. Please schedule a consultation iif you need help finding, organizing, or formatting references. 

For most of the databases listed, look for the UI Link button in your results, and select it to view full text options.

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Jennifer DeBerg

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Jennifer DeBerg
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Clinical Education Librarian

Liaison to: Nursing, Communication Sciences, Music Therapy, Rehabilitation Therapies

ASHA EBP Resources

Guide to Searching

Core Databases

Defining Evidence Based Clinical Practice


Evidence-Based Clinical Practice (EBCP): Evidence-based practice is the judicious use of the best research evidence (found in health sciences literature), clinical expertise (what the health care provider knows) and patient values (what the patient wants and believes) to create a plan of action regarding patient care.  Evidence-based practice is an umbrella term that covers evidence-based medicine, evidence-based dentistry, evidence-based public health, evidence-based nursing and etc.

Evidence Pyramid

These are some of the publication types that are associated with higher levels of evidence. You may want to start at the top of the pyramid and work your way down.

Publication Types by Question Type: Different study types are suited to different questions. For example:

Most Clinical Questions: Meta-analyses, systematic reviews

Therapy: Randomized Controlled Trial

Diagnosis: Prospective, blind controlled trial compared to gold standard

Prognosis: Cohort study, case control, case series/case report

Etiology/Harm: Cohort study, case control, case series

Additional Databases