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Communication Disorders: Home

This guide is intended to provide informational resources of all types in the Communication Disorders.

This guide is intended to help you find both print and online communication disorders resources. This guide is only a starting point for your research, it is not meant to be a comprehensive list of resources. If you need further assistance, please visit the Service Desk in the library or contact your librarian, Robert Robinette, at

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Scholarly and peer reviewed are your "academic" articles. These are the ones that deal directly with research, history, or theory. Most likely, your professor wants you to use these types of articles. These types of articles are written by scholars, experts in the field often associated with a university or an organization. Peer reviewed articles must also be approved by a group of scholars before being published to ensure that the research presented is factual and relevant. Not everyone can get peer reviewed.

Popular magazine articles are usually ones that you read for entertainment. These are usually the type of publications that you find at the grocery store checkout. Chances are if there's a celebrity on the cover, it's a popular magazine.

For a more in-depth look at the differences, please visit our Scholarly Journals guide.


Databases with green All Full Text or partially green Partial Full Text icons offer some level of free, full-text articles. In most cases, you must be affliated with ASU to view the article or on the ASU campus. Some database offer a "pay-per-view" service where you can buy an article not available for free and have immediate access. If you do not need immediate access to the article, you may also request it through Interlibrary Loan for free. Articles requested through Interlibrary Loan can take 2-5 business days to come in, depending on the lending library. You can also digital scans from our physical collection through Digital Delivery.

To view the full list of Allied Health and related databases, click here.

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All books in the library are arranged by subject using the Library of Congress classification system for call numbers and subject headings. The main call number for communication disorders begins with "RC". The basic breakdown is as follows:

RC346 - RC429 - Nervous system diseases. Speech disorders
RB151 - RB - 214 - Theories of disease.  Etiology.  Pathogenesis
RF1 - RF547 - Otorhinolaryngology
RJ370 - RJ550 - Diseases of children and adolescents
HV697 - HV4959 - Protection, assistance.  Children with disabilities
HV1551 - HV3024 - People with disabilities
P1 - P1091 - Philology.  Linguistics
P95 - P95.6 - Oral communication.  Speech
P99.5 - P99.6 - Nonverbal communication
P118 - P118.75 - Language Acquisition

The numbers that follow these beginning letters relate to the narrower scope of the item, for example:
Introduction to Neurogenic Communication Disorders (RC423 .B74 2015)  vs. The Science and Practice of Stuttering Treatment (RC424 .S384 2012).

Occasionally a totally different call number will appear. This means the item is about more than communication disorders and higher importance was given to the other subject when the call number was assigned.  For example, The Handbook of Psycholinguistic and Cognitive Processes : Perspectives in Communication Disorders has a call number of BF455 .H26 2011 because it has to do more with psychology than communication disorders - but that doesn't mean it's not a great book for you to use!


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Communication disorders cover a wide range of topics. If you're having trouble coming up with a topic, here are some keywords you can use that might help you get started:

  • "Alternative Communication"
  • Aphasia
  • Apraxia
  • Audiology
  • Children
  • "Communication Disorders"
  • "Communicative Disorders"
  • Diagnosis
  • Education
  • Language
  • "Language Intervention"
  • Learning
  • Motor Speech
  • Neurology
  • Rehabilitation
  • "Sign Language"
  • "Speech Language Pathology"
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stuttering
  • "Swallowing Disorders"
  • Treatment
  • "Voice Disorders"

If you want to combine keywords, use the connector AND between terms:

Adults AND "Communicative Disorders"

You can learn more about connectors in our Boolean Searching guide.