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Tips & Tricks
Don't forget basic search techniques:
- “phrase searching” – to search for specific phrases
- (brackets OR parentheses) – to group like terms
- AND, OR, NOT - to connect keywords together
You can search specific websites or domains straight from Google search.
To search any Australian government website to see references to speech pathology simply type:
Site:.gov.au "speech pathology"
To search a specific website for information on a topic, simply type:
Site:www.jcu.edu.au "speech pathology"
Google Search Tips
You can use symbols or words in your search to make your search results more precise.
As a professional it is important to stay on-top of current and emerging trends in the field. See the below list for ideas of how to stay up-to-date while you're out in practice.
- Subscribe to newsletters from journals and organisations e.g. speechBITE newsletter
- Create alerts/RSS feeds for databases or new journal articles on your area of interest
- Be active on social media e.g. Twitter: @Wespeechies #WeSpeechies #SLPeeps #slp2be
- Podcasts e.g. The Speak Up podcast
- Attend and participate in conference
- Make a ResearchGate profile, you can connect with authors/researchers on here.
When you leave JCU you will no longer have access to updates for Endnote. You might like to consider the free options available to you via Zotero and Mendeley.
- Basic software is free
- 2GB cloud storage (Mendeley)
- 300MB cloud storage (Zotero)
- Desktop and online versions
- Creates in-text citations and bibliographies
- Imports PDS and metadata
- One-click imports from web browser add-ons.
Zotero is a free and open-source reference management software to manage bibliographic data and related research materials.
Mendeley is a free reference manager that can help you store, organize, note, share and cite references and research data.
As JCU Alumni you are entitled to borrow books from JCU Library.
- No charge for JCU alumni
- Borrow up to 20 items for three weeks at a time
- Cannot use eResources which are behind a paywall (databases etc)
You may like to investigate joining your local or state library.
- The State Library of Queensland and The National Library of Australia have subscriptions to some electronic resources
You can continue to make good use of your JCU Library after leaving the University to support your career, your professional development, and life-long learning.
State Library of Queensland
Access more benefits online and onsite when you become a State Library member. Membership is free. Access is immediate.
National Library of Australia
Applying for a free Library card allows you to request collection items to use in the Library, and provides access to a wide range of eResources from home.
- Become a professional member:
- Speech Pathology Australia
- Australian Aphasia Association
- Allied Health Professions Australia
- Services for Australian Rural & Remote Allied Health
- Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment
Free Medical Journals
DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals
DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.
Free Medical Journals
Journals that provide free access to some or all of their articles. In some cases an embargo applies.
Examples of available titles: BMC Health Services Research, BMC International Health, Conflict & Health, Malaria Journal, Reproductive Health
Annals of Family Medicine
The Annals of Family Medicine is an open access, peer-reviewed research journal serving the needs of scientists, practitioners, policymakers, and the patients and communities they serve.
Free Health Databases
speechBITE is a database of abstracts of intervention studies across the scope of speech pathology practice
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature.
PubMed has been available since 1996 and contains more than 25 million references. It includes MEDLINE and PMC (PubMed Central).
The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to help people make well-informed decisions about healthcare and health policy, and a seventh database that provides information about Cochrane groups.
A clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice. Registered users (registration is free) benefit from extra features such as CPD, search history, and collaborative tools.
Popline: Population database
A database on reproductive health with a strong focus on developing countries
OTseeker is a database that contains abstracts of systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials and other resources relevant to occupational therapy interventions.
A free database of over 35,000 randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy.
MedRxiv - Preprint Server
medRxiv is a pre-print server distributing unpublished works about the health sciences. Note: These articles have not yet been through the peer-review process.
NeuroBITE (previously PsycBITE) is a database that catalogues studies of cognitive, behavioural and other treatments for psychological problems and issues occurring as a consequence of acquired brain impairment (ABI).
Search, Analyze and Manage Patent and Scholarly Data
All publications and citations are freely available for personal, non-commercial use, together with rich contextual information. Millions of users turn to Dimensions to discover key research, find out who has funded it, and understand its academic and societal impact.
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