Useful COM-D Websites

Last Updated: December 17, 2012 4:59 PM

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Specialized Search Engines for Medical and Health Information

  • BioMed Search - BioMedSearch contains all PubMed/MedLine publications, additional journals, and a collection of theses and dissertations that are not in the PubMed database.
  • BNet Articles An archive of published journal articles, including ones in healthcare. It can be browsed by title or searches by topic or keywords.
  • Citeline - medical industry and health information.
  • Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Index - a complete, searchable index of the journal (published by the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists), with abstracts
  • Mamma Deep Web Health Search Engine  A metasearch engine of health-related websites including some that are deep web.  This site is a beta site of the Mamma search engine
  • Scirus - a search engine for scientific information.
  • USA.gov - A US government information gateway.  Also try searching government information pages in Google - Uncle Sam

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Mobile Resources

  • App Resources - a page on Eric Sailers' SLP Sharing website. It offers links to sites covering Apple product apps of interest to SLPs.
  • DailyMed - "DailyMed provides high quality information about marketed drugs. This information includes FDA labels (package inserts). This Web site provides health information providers and the public with a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling as found in medication package inserts. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) provides this as a public service and does not accept advertisements" --from the website. DailyMed works on any phone with a web browser.
  • GeekSLP - A blog by Barbara Fernandes, a practicing SLP in Irving, Texas, that keeps readers abreast of new developments in technology for SLPs.
  • Mobile McDermott - The UTD Libraries mobile interface that includes links to McDermott hours and blog (the Orbit) and directions to McDermott Library. Users are also able to Ask a Librarian, search the library catalog, connect to mobile versions of the libraries' databases, and search mobile WorldCat to see what libraries own a specific item.
  • Mobile MedlinePlus - Includes Merriam-Webster’s mobile-optimized medical dictionary. Mobile MedlinePlus works on any phone with a web browser.
  • PocketSLP - a site containing information about Synapse Apps products for Apple and Android devices. All apps are "are designed specifically by speech and language therapists for use as diagnostic and therapeutic tools."
  • PubMed for Hand Helds - Offers specialized screens that simplifies searching in a mobile environment. Interfaces include PICO question searching, free text, natural language searching, and disease associations. The main search interface allows for general searching as well as filtering searches to systematic reviews or clinical queries. There is also an option to browse the abstracts of 122 "core" journals. PubMed works on any phone with a web browser.
  • Smarty Ears - Purveyer of mobile apps for parents and SLPs. Apps are currently available for Apple and Android devices. The company also maintains a blog site where new products are announced.
  • Speech Gadget.com - The apps page lists several lists of apps that are useful for speech theapy and for general speech and language development. 

Alternative PubMed/Medline Search Interfaces

PubMed is designed to be used by both expert and non-expert searchers. The interface, however, has some limitations for some specialist users. Over the years several alternative interfaces have been developed that enable users to do things like cluster their search results or improve on the PubMed interface itself. Below are listed a few of these interfaces.

  • Arrowsmith - Arrowsmith actually offers several tools to aid searching, including clustering articles by the same author, comparing items or concepts that may be present in common between two distinct sets of articles, summarize, drill-down and browse the results of a PubMed query, or search for the meaning of abbreviations in Medline.
  • askMEDLINE - Developed by the National Library of Medicine, askMEDLINE allows for free-text, natural language searching of Medline and PubMed. A MeSH speller may also be used as an aid to finding citations.
  • BabelMeSH - a multilanguage search interface which allows users to search PubMed/Medline using medical terms or phrases in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Protuguese, Russin, Spanish, or Swedish.
  • ClusterMed - uses the Vivisimo search engine to display results in clusters, which can be based on one of several options. Limited to 100 results unless a subscription is purchased.
  • eTBlast - A search engine developed by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, it builds a search strategy from an entire paragraph supplied by the searcher. It then returns citations that are similar to it. The iterate feature allows for the searching over several good papers to narrow the focus.
  • GoPubMed - self-defined as an ontology-based literature search," GoPubMed classifies the results of a PubMed search according to Gene Ontology or Medical Subject Headings and sorts them into the categories Who, What, Where, or When.
  • LigerCat - "LigerCat is a search tool for NCBI's PubMed that uses tag clouds to provide an overview of important concepts and trends. LigerCat aggregates multiple articles in PubMed, summing their MeSH descriptors and presenting them in a cloud, weighted by frequency" (from the site's Contact page). Once a cloud is created, one or more of the MeSH terms can be selected for a realtime search of PubMed.
  • Medline Ranker - Search results of the biomedical literature are returned ranked according to a selected topic. There is a demo training set on the query page that shows how to set up a search and what the results look like. Medline Ranker is developed and maintained by the Computational Biological and Data Mining (CBDM) group of Miguel Andrade at the Max Delbrueck Center for Molecular Biology, Berlin.
  • Medline Trend - Want to know how "hot" a particular topic is (or was) Medline Trend displays the number of articles in the Medline database published every year, that conform to a specific search strategy.
  • SLIM - Standing for SLider Interface for Medline/PubMed searches, SLIM was developed by the National Library of Medicine and allows users to set search parameters by using sliders. The number of results for a search may be previewed before the actual search is run.

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Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Video Tutorials, and other Reference Web Sites

  • AgeLine Database - "AgeLine abstracts the literature of social gerontology as well as aging-related research from psychology, sociology, social work, economics, public policy, and the health sciences. It covers aging-related issues for professionals in aging services, health, business, law, and mental health. AgeLine also includes selected consumer content."Atlas of the Body: Anatomy and Medical Illustrations - This site is sponsored by the American Medical Association and includes sections on the brain, ear, respiratory system, muscles, nervous system, and skull.
  • Anatomy Atlases - Collection of atlases covering general anatomy, anatomy in cross-section, microscopic anatomy, anatomy of first aid, and human anatomic variation. The site is "intended primarily for use by Medical Students, Residents, Fellows, or Attending Physicians studying anatomy." Written by anatomy professors.
  • Atlas of the Body: Anatomy and Medical Illustrations - This site is sponsored by the American Medical Association and includes sections on the brain, ear, respiratory system, muscles, nervous system, and skull.
  • Autism spectrum disorders: A resource for ASD information on the Web - A webliography, produced by Corey Seeman of the University of Toledo and published in the American Library Association's C&RL Newsletter.  The page includes sections on basics and general information sites, government sites, scientific and medical issues, and organizations.
  • Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine - "The goal of this web site is to help develop, disseminate, and evaluate resources that can be used to practice and teach EBM for undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education for health care professionals from a variety of clinical disciplines."  The site is administered by faculty in the Department of Medicine at the Toronto General Hospital. 
  • Copyright Primer - Prepared by the University of Maryland University College the primer is "an introduction to issues concerning copyright ownership and use of information. The interactive tutorial overviews the underlying principles behind copyright in the United States, outlines the requirements for copyright protection as well as discusses the parameters of use and access of copyrighted material."
  • Deciphering Medspeak  - Hosted by the Medical Library Association, this site offers concise definitions of common medical terms as well as prefixes and suffixes. 
  • Find It Fast! - A series of video tutorials on the various evidence-based practice (EBP) information resources produced by the Cushing/Whitney Library at Yale University. Covered topics include the Cochrane Database, Clinical Evidence, Medline Clinical Queries and the TRIP Database. There are also tutorials on formulating a clinical question and how to choose databases on the basis of that question.
  • Formulating Your Questions Using PICO - Video tutorial produced by the Yale School of Medicine on using a PICO question to find evidence-based practice materials.
  • Gray's Anatomy Online  - This edition of Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body features 1,247 vibrant engravings—many in color—from the classic 1918 publication, as well as a subject index with 13,000 entries.
  • Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library video tutorials - Produced at Yale University Medical School these tutorials cover how to effectively use such online resources as CINAHL, PubMed, Web of Science, the Cochrane Database and Scopus. An added bonus, these tutorials can be played on some mobile devices with video capabilities.
  • InnerBody - An interactive human anatomy site. Divided into 10 sections the site covers Skeletal, Digestive, Muscular, Lymphatic, Endocrine, Nervous, Cardiovascular, Male and Female Reproductive, and Urinary systems. Clicking on one of the systems allows visitors to navigate around a diagram to find out information about each part. It is also possible to drill down on some parts for even more detailed information.
  • Interactive Statistical Calculation Pages - Freely accessible multi-platform statistical software. With links to pages around the world, the table of contents includes access to calculators, plotters, random number generators, and programs that perform literally hundreds of calculations. The site also includes links to online statistics books, tutorials, and downloadable software.
  • International Phonetic Alphabet - "This page allows you to easily type phonetic transcriptions of English words in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). You can edit your text in the box and then copy it to your document, e-mail message, etc." The link takes you to the page for English but a link can be found there for other languages.
  • Journal of Medical Internet Research - Founded in 1999, the journal "was the first (and remains the only) international scientific peer-reviewed journal on all aspects of research, information and communication in the healthcare field using Internet and other eHealth technologies."  All issues are full text and open access.  Contents of current issue can also be accessed by a news feed. rss logo
  • J. P. Harrington Database Project - "The goal of the J. P. Harrington Project is to increase access to the linguistic and ethnographic notes on American Indian languages collected by J. P. Harrington during the first half of the twentieth century. The men and women he interviewed were often among the last remaining speakers of their languages. His notes are a treasure of indigenous knowledge that otherwise would have been lost. Well over half of an estimated 500,000 pages are on California Indian languages."
  • Lexicon of Linguistics - Created and maintained by faculty members at the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics, this web site provides easily accessed authoritative definitions for thousands of technical terms in the field of linguistics.
  • Medical Reference for Non-Medical Librarians - Maintained by the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, the site provides several pages of links to medical resources. Included are pages on diagnostic tests, dictionaries, directories of medical web sites, diagnosis, drugs, evaluating medical web sites, and evidence-based medicine.
  • Medical Resources by Specialty - Maintained by MedMark, a medical bookmarks service, the Otorhinolaryngology page yields and extensive list of web sites categorized by Associations/Societies, Centers/Institutes/Labs, Departments/Divisions, Education/Training, For Consumers, General, Guides/Guidelines, Hospitals/Clinics, Images/Atlases, Information Sources, Journals/News/Publications, Lists of Resources, Other Organizations, and Programs/Projects.
  • Medical Shorthand - Hosted by the Medical Library Association, this site offers quick definitions for medical shorthand used in charts and prescriptions. 
  • Medical Subject Headings - Video tutorial produced by the Yale School of Medicine on how to use Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) to create better searches in PubMed.
  • MedTerms Medical Dictionary - This dictionary is "the medical reference for MedicineNet.com, containing easy-to-understand explanations of over 16,000 medical terms. This online medical dictionary provides quick access to hard-to-spell and often misspelled medical definitions through an extensive alphabetical listing." The site is designed with "consumers and patients in mind."
  • Merck Manual  - "This book is used by more medical professionals worldwide than any other general medical textbook and has been continuously published longer than any other English language general medical textbook."
  • Merriam Webster Medical Dictionary - An extensive medical dictionary courtesy of InteliHealth.
  • Moden Language Association (MLA) Language Map - The MLA Language Map uses data from the 2000 United States census to display the locations and numbers of speakers of thirty languages and three groups of less commonly spoken languages in the United States. The map illustrates the concentration of language speakers in zip codes and counties. The Language Map Data Center provides data from Census 2000 about over three hundred languages spoken in the United States, including actual numbers and percentages of speakers.
  • NHS Evidence - Produced by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence of the NHS, this site aims "to enable access to a comprehensive evidence base for everyone in health and social care who makes decisions about treatments or the use of resources."
  • Online Etymology Dictionary - "Find the origin of everyday words in this well-researched compilation. Browsable alphabetically and searchable. Includes list of abbreviations of language periods and parts of speech as well as key reference sources" (Librarians' Index to the Internet).
  • Online Mendalian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) - A catalog of human genes and genetic disorders.  The web site is designed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Included in each entry are a brief description of the disorder and its clinical features.
  • REHABDATA - Produced by the National Rehabilitation Information Center, "the database covers physical, mental, and psychiatric disabilities, independent living, vocational rehabilitation, special education, assistive technology, law, employment, and other issues related to people with disabilities.  Document types indexed include research reports, books, journal articles, and audiovisual materials" (MLA News, June/July 2003).
  • SAGE Crossroads - A self-proclaimed "public forum on the ethics, politics, and economics of aging research and longevity science." This is a joint project of the Alliance for Aging Research, the American Academy of Science, and he Science of Aging Knowledge Environment.  Along with providing the latest "news and views" on aging research, the site also hosts live webcast debates between experts on a particular topic, such as Longevity and Genetics."   Navigation of the site is not easy; a better site-search engine and help screens would help, but it will pay dividends to the determined visitor.
  • Separated by a Common Language - A blog filled with "observations on British and American English by an American linguist in the UK."
  • Surgical Technologist Guides - The home page contains links to medical images by topic (including "Neurology" and "Eye, ENT Ear, Nose, Throat and Respiratory System"). There is also a tab at the top of the page specifically for "Ear Nose Throat Resources."
  • Treatment Efficacy Bibliography - A tool compiled by ASHA "to assist members interested in obtaining information on the efficacy of various treatments in audiology and speech-language pathology. The citations are from ten technical papers written by experts in the field through 1996."
  • TRIP Database - "The TRIP Database is a clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice." The database is a metasearch engine, and results list the source for each citation, but no list of sources searched is available. Results can be filtered by several evidence categories. Registration is free and allows for the use of extras such as search history.
  • Virtual Human Server - Created by the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, this site offers not only the ability to navigate through axial, sagital, and coronal slices of both male and female datasets, but to incorporate those slices into 3D models and animation.
  • Whole Brain Atlas - A resource for central nervous system imaging which integrates clinical information with magnetic resonance (MR), x-ray computed tomography (CT), and nuclear medicine images. The Atlas project is made possible in part by the Departments of Radiology and Neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, the Countway Library of Medicine, and the American Academy of Neurology.
  • Your Dictionary.com - YDC is a portal for the language enthusiast. Based on a former scholarly Web site, A Web of Dictionaries, it offers FAQs about language (how many words are there in English, what is the longest word in English, and the like), word games, a collection of scholarly treatises, a list of endangered languages, reference works such as Bartlett's Quotations, simplified grammars of various languages, and much more. However, the main service is to provide access to dictionaries in many languages, including Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (10th ed., 1999), and many other English-language dictionaries, most of them completely out-of-date or highly specialized. Some dictionaries and other reference resources are only for sale or require subscription (such as OED). Multilingual dictionaries allow one to translate short items; a commercial translation service, run by YDC, offers extensive work for a fee.

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Brain and Brain Health Web Sites and News Feeds

  • Alzheimer's Disease rss logo - from MedicineNet
  • Alzheimer's News rss logo - from Medical News Today
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder xml logo - from MedicineNet
  • Autism rss logo - from MedicineNet
  • Autism News rss logo - from Medical News Today
  • Birth Defects rss logo - from MedicineNet
  • BMC Genetics - Web site for Biomed Central's e-journal.  Contents of current issue can also be accessed by a news feed. rss logo
  • BMC Neurology - Web site for Biomed Central's e-journal.  Contents of current issue can also be accessed by a news feed. rss logo
  • BMC Neuroscience - Web site for Biomed Central's e-journal.  Contents of current issue can also be accessed by a news feed. rss logo
  • Brain Atlas - Maintained by the Allen Institute for Brain Science.
  • BrainLine - A site dedicated to "preventing, treating, and living with traumatic brain injury (TBI)." It is co-created and managed by PBS station WETA in Washington and the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center. The site features video webcasts, recent research, personal stories, and articles on living with, treating and preventing traumatic brain injuries. There are sections devoted to TBI sufferers, their family and friends, and professionals working in the area.
  • Brain Tumor rss logo - from MedicineNet
  • Cognitive Daily - "reports nearly every day on fascinating peer-reviewed developments in cognition from the most respected scientists in the field.  The research isn't dumbed down, but it's explained in language that everyone can understand, with clear illustrations and references to the original research" (from the web site).  Categories include perception, language, memory and aging.
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease rss logo - from MedicineNet
  • Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports - Web site for Biomed Central's e-journal.  Contents of current issue can also be accessed by a news feed. rss logo
  • Current Treatment Options in Neurology - Web site for Biomed Central's e-journal.  Contents of current issue can also be accessed by a news feed. rss logo
  • Dementia rss logo - from MedicineNet
  • Dyslexia rss logo - from MedicineNet
  • Dyslexia News xml logo - from Medical News Today
  • FeedNavigator - A massive site maintained by the National Library of Health Sciences at the University of Helsinki. It describes itself as "the most efficient current awareness tool for health articles." FeedNavigator covers news feeds from the medical literature as well as the Blogosphere. You can look at the entries in any one of several broad categories, or construct your own search. The results can be read online, sent to you via rss feed, or stored in your "My Articles" area (after free registration). You can also store the news feeds from any particular journal indexed in the database and read them in the "My Feed" area.
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome rss logo - from MedicineNet
  • Genetic Disease rss logo - from MedicineNet
  • Genetics Home Reference - "the National Library of Medicine's web site for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes responsible for those conditions."
  • Genetics News rss logo - from Medical News Today
  • GNIF Brain Blogger rss logo - "The latest exciting news in neuroscience, psychiatry, and neurology from multidimensional -- biological, psychological, and sociological -- perspectives."
  • Human Brain Atlas - Sponsored by Michigan State University's Brain Biodiversity Bank, the atlas presents "an electronic anatomically labeled three-dimensional atlas of the human brain created from MRI images. In conjunction we present anatomically labeled stained sections that correspond to the three-dimensional MRI images. In this way we utilize the advantages of both methods." The atlas can be viewed from the coronal, horizontal, and sagittal planes. Included is an atlas of the brainstem, Quicktime movies of every section, as well as a screensaver.
  • Inside the Brain: An Interactive Tour - "This tour explains how the brain works and how Alzheimer's affects it." Rolling a mouse over colored text highlights the affected areas of the brain. Includes related links. From the Alzheimer's Association.
  • Latest Medical News Headlines rss logo - from Medical News Today
  • Mind & Brain rss logo - from ScienceDaily
  • Nature Neuroscience Gateway - a free online resource for cutting-edge neuroscience and genomics research. This site is a joint project of the Nature Publishing Group and the Allen Institute for Brain Science. Plans are to update the gateway twice a month.
  • Neuroguide - "A searchable and browsable index of neuroscience resources available on the Internet: Neurobiology, neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, psychology, cognitive science sites and information on human neurological diseases."
  • Neurology and Neuroscience News rss logo - from Medical News Today
  • Neurology Headlines rss logo - from WebMD Medscape
  • Neuroscience Information Framework - "This website is a neuroscience research tool sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services, and NIH Blueprint. The "NIF Tools" tab at the top of any page provides links to eight of the resource types that the network searches, with further explanation as to which databases are searched within those resource types. The "NIF Data Federation" link takes you to a list of the 40 databases that when searched, reveal what is called, the "hidden web", as the content is that not typically indexed by existing search engines. Importantly, for this complex and important website, there are "tutorials" available on the site in the top right hand corner. The "Webinars" section links to the most current webinar, as well as to the "Webinar Archive" from 2009" -- The Scouting Report, vol. 16, no. 7 (2/19/2010)
  • Neurotransmitter.net - A massive site (260,000+ pages) created and developed by Shawn Thomas a current library science student at the University of Illinois.  It has been well-received by such journals as Science Magazine (June 10, 2005), Molecular Interventions (December 2004), and Current Opinion in Drug Discovery & Development (September 2004). 
  • Parkinson's Disease News rss logo - from Medical News Today
  • Psychology and Psychiatry News xml logo - from Medical News Today
  • Rehabilitation News rss logo - from Medical News Today
  • Seniors and Aging News rss logo - from Medical News Today
  • Senior Health rss logo - from MedicineNet
  • Stroke News rss logo - from Medical News Today

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Hearing Disorders Web Sites and News Feeds

  • All Hearing Aids - A "research center" of the UK's All info network.  Provides news and research reports on hearing aids.
  • American Academy of Audiology - Official site of the academy.
  • American Otological Society - Official site of the society.
  • American Sign Language Browser - The American Sign Language (ASL) Browser indexes video clips that demonstrate thousands of ASL signs. Written instructions explaining how to make each sign accompany every video clip.
  • American Sign Language University - ASL University is an online curriculum resource for American Sign Language students, instructors, interpreters, and parents of deaf children.
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association - Official ASHA web site.
  • ASL Spelling Study: The Alphabet - A site designed to aid the recognition and production of finger spelling.
  • Assistive Devices - A page from MEDLINEplus that includes information on the latest news, coping, research, directories, and organizations related to assistive devices and technology. The page also gives links for specific age-group categories (children, teens, and adults).
  • Audiology Forum: Video Otoscopy - site contains slides and movies of all aspects of otoscopy.
  • Audiology Info - A searchable index of web sites related to audiology, hearing loss, hearing aids, and the ear.
  • Audiology Resources - Billed as an international "information resource for all who are interested in audiology," though geared toward professionals in the field. It includes details of audiology related research groups and specialist centers, information on professional organizations, listings of audiology events, meetings and courses, and a list of audiology journals (publications). There is also a news section, an online forum, and even an audiology themed game. Ownership of the site is not stated.
  • AUDnews.com - A site managed by audiologists and SLPs "dedicated to keeping Audiologists informed about their profession." Check out the list of RSS feeds to subscribe to news feeds generated by the site.
  • Australia and New Zealand Journal of Audiology rss feed - "the official journal of the Audiological Society of Australia and the New Zealand Audiological Society. The journal showcases scientific articles offering original contributions to the field of audiology in such diverse areas as clinical practice, cochlear implants, psychoacoustics, speech perception, paediatric assessment and habilitation."
  • BMC Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders - Web site for Biomed Central's e-journal.  Contents of current issue can also be accessed by a news feed. rss logo
  • BMC Genetics - Web site for Biomed Central's e-journal.  Contents of current issue can also be accessed by a news feed. rss logo
  • BMC Geriatrics - Web site for Biomed Central's e-journal.  Contents of current issue can also be accessed by a news feed. rss logo
  • Birth Defects rss logo - from MedicineNet
  • COMD News - a publication of the Callier Library. This biblioblog lists current research and news in communication disorders. Over 600 sources are scanned for the information included on the website. rss logo
  • Deaf Resource Library - an online collection of reference material and links intended to educate and inform people about Deaf cultures in Japan and the United States; as well as deaf and hard of hearing related topics.
  • Detecting Hearing Loss in Children rss logo - from MedicineNet
  • Diseases, Disorders, and Related Topics - A links page published by the Karolinska Institute Library.  Searches can be done for specific diseases/conditions, broad general areas of medicine, or specific terms within the links pages themselves.  Time spent in the Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases section will pay huge dividends.
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat News rss logo - from Medical News Today
  • Ear Tubes rss logo - from MedicineNet
  • Ear Wax rss logo - from MedicineNet
  • ENT and Audiology Specialist Library - Maintained by the National Library for Health, this site "is a unique resource that aims to provide healthcare professionals with access to the best available evidence in ENT, audiology and thyroid disorders." It includes the Annual Evidence Update on Hearing Disorders, which presents "a concise summary of the latest emerging evidence on key topic areas, combined with expert commentaries and a list of current therapeutic uncertainties to highlight priorities for future research." You can also subscribe to an RSS feed RSS Feed Available
  • ENT Videos and Photographs - Contains photos and videos of "Allergy, Ear Tubes, Tonsils, Larynx (Voice Box) Cancer and Much More."
  • Evidence Maps - Sponsored by ASHA's National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders the site contains a growing collection of quarterly updated "evidence maps" which are intended to "provide clinicians, researchers, clients, and caregivers with tools and guidance to engage in evidence-based decision making." The maps are based on the "EBP Triangle" of clinical expertise, current best evidence, and client/patient perspectives.
  • FeedNavigator - A massive site maintained by the National Library of Health Sciences at the University of Helsinki. It describes itself as "the most efficient current awareness tool for health articles." FeedNavigator covers news feeds from the medical literature as well as the Blogosphere. You can look at the entries in any one of several broad categories, or construct your own search. The results can be read online, sent to you via rss feed, or stored in your "My Articles" area (after free registration). You can also store the news feeds from any particular journal indexed in the database and read them in the "My Feed" area.
  • Genetic Disease rss logo - from MedicineNet
  • Genetics Home Reference - "the National Library of Medicine's web site for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes responsible for those conditions."
  • Genetics News rss logo - from Medical News Today
  • Hearing/Deafness News rss logo - from Medical News Today
  • Hearing Disorders - A page from MedlinePlus that includes general overviews, anatomy and physiology, pictures and diagrams, clinical trials and research, diagnosis and symptoms, specific conditions and aspects, coping and treatment. There are also sections dealing specifically with children or senior citizens as well as one that contains links to pages in Spanish.
  • HON Medhunt - A database of web sites maintained by the Health on the Net Foundation.  Searches are available by terms or phrases.  Limits on results can be made to types of page sponsors (hospitals, "support," or "events") and to geographic location or domain type.  Results are sorted by type of relationship to HON (those that are subscribers to the HON code, those that have been personally visited by a HON representative, and those that have been retrieved by a search bot).
  • Information Resources on Human Communication Disorders - A web site maintained by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
  • Intute: Health and Life Sciences ( Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health section) - A free online service that provides "access to the very best web resources for education and research, evaluated and selected by a network of subject specialists." It is produced by a consortium of seven universities in the UK as well as a host of partners. The Health and Life Sciences section was formerly known as BIOME.
  • Jokes and Humor for Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists
  • Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center Information on Deafness Page - "A centralized source of accurate, up-to-date, and objective information on topics dealing with deafness and hearing loss in the age group of 0-21."   Covers topics of interest to the general public, deaf and hard of hearing people, their families, and professionals who work with them.
  • Latest Medical News Headlines rss logo - from Medical News Today
  • Medical Technology News rss logo - from Wired.com
  • MEDLINEplus - NOTE:  This is NOT Medline.  Use PubMed to search Medline.  MEDLINEplus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MEDLINEplus brings together, by health topic, authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), other government, nonprofit and other health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MEDLINEplus and give easy access to the medical research literature. It also provides you with a database of full-text drug information and an illustrated medical encyclopedia.
  • Meniere Disease rss logo- from MedicineNet
  • Monster Job Search for "Audiologist" - A specific job search on Monster.com for "Audiologist."  You can also get the latest postings for this search by RSS feed.  rss logo
  • National Electronic Library for Health - produced by the UK National Health Service, and attempts to provide health care professionals with medical information. Patient information is provided through the companion site NHS Direct Online, and the relationship between the two sites is similar to the Medline/MedlinePLUS sites in the US.
  • National Newborn Screening and Genetics Resource Center - This site is maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the University of Texas Health Science Center.  It provides "information and resources in the area of newborn screening and genetics to benefit health professionals, the public health community, consumers and government officials" (from the web site).  Included are several links to genetics sites, as well as tables and policy statements about current screening practices in each state.
  • Net Connections for Communication Disorders and Sciences - A complete guide to resources on the Internet for those engaged in communication disorders and related sciences.
  • NHS Choices (Video, Audio and Tools) - Produced by Great Britian's National Health Service, NHS Choices is directed to the consumer. There is a wealth of information here in video and audio format that can be used by practicing clinicians to help educate their patient about his/her medical condition. Included are such topics as hearing loss, deafness, glue ear, and tinnitus.
  • NHS Direct Online - Companion site to the National Electronic Library for Health, NHS Direct Online is produced by the National Health Service of the UK and offers information at a level similar to Medline PLUS.  It offers an interactive self-help guide for those feeling ill as well as a searchable medical encyclopedia.
  • NMAP (Nursing, Midwifery and Allied health Professions) - A gateway to evaluated, quality Internet resources, aimed at students, consumers, researchers, academics and practitioners in the health and medical sciences. NMAP is created by a core team of information specialists and subject experts coordinated at the University of Nottingham Greenfield Medical Library.
  • Noise-Induced Hearing Loss and its Prevention xml logo - from MedicineNet
  • Otitis Externa rss logo - from MedicineNet
  • Otitis Media rss logo - from MedicineNet
  • Pediatrics News rss logo - from Medical News Today
  • Promenade 'Round the Cochlea - The aim of this site is to assist the teaching of the auditory system (its anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology) to students and practitioners in the fields of Otology, Otolaryngology, E.N.T., Audiology, Sensory physiology, and Neuroscience.  It is regularly updated.
  • Rehabilitation News rss logo - from Medical News Today
  • Seniors and Aging News rss logo - from Medical News Today
  • Senior Health rss logo - from MedicineNet
  • Tinnitus rss logo - from MedicineNet
  • Topics in Neuroanatomy - Part of the Knowledge Weavers project, which is sponsored by the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah and is supported by the National Library of Medicine. The site includes brain atlases and online neuroanatomy instruction at the medical school level. Tutorials on the Auditory and Vestibular Systems, as well as other parts of the brain and spinal cord are included here.
  • Vestibular Balance Disorders xml logo - from MedicineNet
  • Virtual Tour of the Ear - Site maintained by Perry Hanavan at Augustana College.  It includes tours of hearing mechanism, disorders of hearing, audiologic rehabilitation, speech perception, and audiology.

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Speech-Language Disorders Web Sites and News Feeds

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association - Official ASHA web site.
  • Apps for SLPs - Produced by Barbara Fernandes, this list covers AAC, Articulation/Phonology, Language Skills, Fluency/Stuttering and Voice.
  • Autism xml logo - from MedicineNet
  • Birth Defects xml logo - from MedicineNet
  • BMC Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders - Web site for Biomed Central's e-journal.  Contents of current issue can also be accessed by a news feed.
  • BMC Genetics xml logo- Web site for Biomed Central's e-journal.  Contents of current issue can also be accessed by a news feed.
  • BMC Geriatrics rss logo- Web site for Biomed Central's e-journal.  Contents of current issue can also be accessed by a news feed.
  • Center for Nonverbal Studies - "The Center for Nonverbal Studies (CNS) is a private, nonprofit research center located in Spokane, Washington. Underway since October 1, 1997, the Center's mission is to advance the study of human communication in all its forms apart from language. The Center's goal is to promote the scientific study of nonverbal communication , which includes body movement, gesture, facial expression, adornment and fashion, architecture, mass media, and consumer-product design." Included on the site is a Nonverbal Dictionary and more in depth looks at such topics as the nonverbal brain and isopraxism.
  • Changing Language - "The English language is vast, flexible, fascinating, frustrating, challenging, inspiring and endlessly changing." This site, which is produced by the British Library, explores the ways in which the English Language has developed over hundreds of years.
  • Cleft Palate News rss logo - from Medical News Today
  • COMD News - a publication of the Callier Library. This biblioblog lists current research and news in communication disorders. Over 600 sources are scanned for the information included on the website.
  • Dialect Survey - The Dialect Survey uses a series of questions, including rhyming word pairs and vocabulary words, to explore words and sounds in the English language.  Includes maps showing the dominance of a particular dialect.
  • English Accents and Dialects - Audio extracts from the British Library sound archive of an English dialects project conducted during the second half of the 20th century. 
  • ENT Videos and Photographs - Contains photos and videos of "Allergy, Ear Tubes, Tonsils, Larynx (Voice Box) Cancer and Much More."
  • Evidence Maps - Sponsored by ASHA's National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders the site contains a growing collection of quarterly updated "evidence maps" which are intended to "provide clinicians, researchers, clients, and caregivers with tools and guidance to engage in evidence-based decision making." The maps are based on the "EBP Triangle" of clinical expertise, current best evidence, and client/patient perspectives.
  • Examination of the Larynx and Pharynx - Part of the New England Journal of Medicine "Videos in Clinical Medicine." Covered are such topics as the indications for laryngoscopy, the equipment used, mirror and flexible laryngoscopy.
  • FeedNavigator - A massive site maintained by the National Library of Health Sciences at the University of Helsinki. It describes itself as "the most efficient current awareness tool for health articles." FeedNavigator covers news feeds from the medical literature as well as the Blogosphere. You can look at the entries in any one of several broad categories, or construct your own search. The results can be read online, sent to you via rss feed, or stored in your "My Articles" area (after free registration). You can also store the news feeds from any particular journal indexed in the database and read them in the "My Feed" area.
  • Foreign Accent Syndrome Support - Maintained by William Katz's Speech Production Lab at The University of Texas at Dallas. The web site "is designed to provide support to those seeking  information about a rare speech disorder called foreign accent syndrome (FAS)."
  • Genetic Disease rss logo - from MedicineNet.
  • Genetics Home Reference - "the National Library of Medicine's web site for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes responsible for those conditions."
  • Genetics News rss logo - from Medical News Today
  • Get SLP Jobs - Features a list of currently posted jobs in Speech-Language Pathology. Access is free as is a subscription to a monthly newsletter. For pay services include a Get Hired page that claims to "unlock the hidden job market." There is also a free Resources page for SLPs.
  • Hearing News rss logo - from MedicineNet.
  • HON Medhunt - A database of web sites maintained by the Health on the Net Foundation.  Searches are available by terms or phrases.  Limits on results can be made to types of page sponsors (hospitals, "support," or "events") and to geographic location or domain type.  Results are sorted by type of relationship to HON (those that are subscribers to the HON code, those that have been personally visited by a HON representative, and those that have been retrieved by a search bot).
  • Information Resources on Human Communication Disorders - A web site maintained by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
  • Intute: Health and Life Sciences - A free online service that provides "access to the very best web resources for education and research, evaluated and selected by a network of subject specialists." It is produced by a consortium of seven universities in the UK as well as a host of partners. The Health and Life Sciences section of the database covers, among other topics, medicine, nursing, and allied health. The Health and Life Sciences section was formerly known as BIOME.
  • iStutter - Produced by speech pathology students at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia this site is for people who stutter. It includes stories by other stutterers of personal experiences. It also discusses treatment options and provides an evidence-based discussion of each.
  • Jokes and Humor for Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists
  • Larynx Cancer rss logo - from MedicineNet
  • Latest Medical News Headlines rss logo - from Medical News Today
  • Medical Technology News rss logo - from Wired.com
  • MEDLINEplus - NOTE:  This is NOT Medline.  Use PubMed to search Medline.  MEDLINEplus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MEDLINEplus brings together, by health topic, authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), other government, nonprofit and other health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MEDLINEplus and give easy access to the medical research literature. It also provides you with a database of full-text drug information and an illustrated medical encyclopedia.
  • MLA Language Map - Produced by the Modern Language Association, this interactive map "uses data from the 2000 United States census to display the locations and numbers of speakers of thirty languages and three groups of less commonly spoken languages in the United States. . . . The Language Map Data Center provides data from Census 2000 about over three hundred languages spoken in the United States, including actual numbers and percentages of speakers. Data from the 2005 American Community Survey about the thirty languages most commonly spoken in the United States provide a snapshot of recent changes in American language communities."
  • Monster Job Search for "Speech Pathologist" - A specific job search on Monster.com for "Speech Pathologist ."  You can also get the latest postings for this search by RSS feed. 
  • National Electronic Library for Health - produced by the UK National Health Service, and attempts to provide health care professionals with medical information. Patient information is provided through the companion site NHS Direct Online, and the relationship between the two sites is similar to the Medline/MedlinePLUS sites in the US.
  • National Information Centre for Speech-language Therapy (NICeST) Library - Located at the UCL campus of The University of London, the Language & Speech Science Library at Chandler House serves both the teaching and research functions of the university as well as the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists. Of particular interest is the extensive Internet Resources for Speech & Language web page (the link is on the home page) which is arranged topically by subject.
  • Net Connections for Communication Disorders and Sciences - A complete guide to resources on the Internet for those engaged in communication disorders and related sciences.
  • NHS Choices (Video, Audio and Tools) - Produced by Great Britian's National Health Service, NHS Choices is directed to the consumer. There is a wealth of information here in video and audio format that can be used by practicing clinicians to help educate their patient about his/her medical condition. Included are such topics as dyslexia, stroke, Tourette's cerebral palsy, Asperger's, and autism.
  • NHS Direct Online - Companion site to the National Electronic Library for Health, NHS Direct Online is produced by the National Health Service of the UK and offers information at a level similar to Medline PLUS.  It offers an interactive self-help guide for those feeling ill as well as a searchable medical encyclopedia.
  • NIH Workshop on Nonverbal School-Aged Children with Autism - A summary of a two-day workshop given in April 2010 sponsored by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. There is a link to a detailed summary for those interested in more information.
  • NMAP (Nursing, Midwifery and Allied health Professions) -A gateway to evaluated, quality Internet resources, aimed at students, consumers, researchers, academics and practitioners in the health and medical sciences. NMAP is created by a core team of information specialists and subject experts coordinated at the University of Nottingham Greenfield Medical Library.
  • PAR Assesment Toolkit - Produced by Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc. this freely accessible site has tools to help determine a normal curve and standard score conversions; a conversion chart for T and z scores, percentiles and standard scores; an age calculator; a mental age determiner; a stopwatch and, a compliancy calculator.
  • Pediatrics News rss logo - from Medical News Today
  • Phonological Awareness Skills acquisition chart - Also includes information on literacy socialization, print knowledge, reading and writing. Produced by Phonological Awareneass.org.
  • Reflux Laryngitis rss logo - from MedicineNet
  • Rehabilitation News rss logo - from Medical News Today
  • Seniors and Aging News rss logo - from Medical News Today
  • Senior Health rss logo - from MedicineNet
  • SLP E-Community - A web site run by SLPs for SLPs. Free registration is required for access.  Includes an interactive forum for swapping ideas and techniques.
  • SLPnews.com - A site managed by audiologists and SLPs "dedicated to keeping Speech-Language Pathologists informed about their profession." Check out the list of RSS feeds to subscribe to news feeds generated by the site.
  • Sounds Familiar? - "The only English language web site of its kind. It features 72 recordings of regional accents and dialects from every corner of the UK, some recorded in the 1950s and some almost half a century later, in 1998-1999, making it possible for users to explore how spoken English varies regionally and how accents and dialects have changed over time."
  • Speech Accent Archive - Developed at George Mason University, "the speech accent archive is established to uniformly exhibit a large set of speech accents from a variety of language backgrounds. Native and non-native speakers of English all read the same English paragraph and are carefully recorded. The archive is constructed as a teaching tool and as a research tool. It is meant to be used by linguists as well as other people who simply wish to listen to and compare the accents of different english speakers. It allows users to compare the demographic and linguistic backgrounds of the speakers in order to determine which variables are key predictors of each accent. The speech accent archive demonstrates that accents are systematic rather than merely mistaken speech" (from the web site).
  • Speech and Language Pathology - A blog self-described as "A community for Speech-Language Pathologists/Speech Pathologists, Speech Therapists (or whatever you're called in your area!), students, clients, parents of clients and any other interested people."
  • Speech-Language-Therapy dot com - A site maintained by Dr. Caroline Bowen, "a Speech-Language Pathologist, an Honorary Associate in Linguistics at Macquarie University (Sydney), a Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia and a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association." The site offers a wealth of information for consumers, professionals and students. Professionals and students particularly will enjoy browsing the Links, Continuing Professional Development, and Freebies pages
  • The Speech Spot - Maintained by Brian Sabella, a certified Speech-Language Pathologist, the site is intended "to serve as a resource for assessment and intervention materials for today's speech-language pathologist." It includes such things as links to word bask, assessment measures, and speech data.
  • speechBITE - An open access database of Best Interventions and Treatement Efficacy in the practice of speech pathology. Produced jointly by The University of Sydney and Speech Pathology Australia, the database is designed to help speech-language pathologists find relevant evidence-based literature in communication and swallowing disorders. It does this by mining several relevant databases with specific search strategies and only including relevant results from those searches that meet a four-fold criteria. It also supplies methodologcal ratings to help the searcher discern the scientific quality of each study.
  • Swallowing rss logo - from MedicineNet
  • UTD Diagnostic Independent Study List - The latest, up-to-the-minute, official, proficiency list for use by Masters-level students in the UTD Communication Disorders program.
  • Voice Disorders - A page from MedlinePlus that includes general overviews, anatomy and physiology, clinical trials and research, diagnosis and symptoms, specific conditions and aspects, rehabilitation and treatment. There are also links to other organizations as well as to pages in Spanish.
  • Webcast of a Voice Box Reconstruction Procedure - Part of the ORLive archives, this surgery, a medialization laryngoplasty, "is used to restore the voice in patients who have lost all or most of their voice due to vocal cord paralysis or paresis (partial paralysis), cancer, intubation or trauma. The operation is done under local anesthesia with sedation. The patient remains awake because vocal-fold repositioning alters the voice, and therefore the surgeon must hear the voice to get the best result"  (from the introductory web page).  The procedure is viewable only with RealPlayer.

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Tests and Assessment Instruments

  • Buros Institute of Mental Measurements - Includes a database of citations to test reviews published in the Mental Measurements Yearbook from the 9th ed. to the present.
  • Glossary of Common Test Terms - Assembled from various published sources identified in the online reference list, and from original text written by the Directors of Test Development at Pearson Assessments.  Pearson Assessments provides it "as a service to anyone who has struggled to understand the complex terminology often found in assessment administration and scoring manuals."

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