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CMD 503 Research Guide


Welcome CMD 503!

This guide contains PDFs illustrating how to use Google Scholar, Ebsco databases, SouthernSearch, PubMed, and the citation manager Zotero for your Communications Disorders research. There is also a link to a guide on how to determine peer-reviewed status if you are in any doubt. 

The databases have overlap but each also has unique features. Google Scholar searches the widest field but can't be limited to full text; SouthernSearch includes dissertations (a recent dissertation can be a gold mine) and searches most of our databases; Ebsco has the best collection of Communication Disorders databases but is correspondingly narrower than the other two.

If you have any questions, please contact me by email (, or by chat or TEAMS if I'm online. We can also arrange a one-on-one session in-person or via video if you'd like help specifically for your research.


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