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Communication Disorders

What Is a Database?

A database is an organized, online collection of information. The most common type of database includes primarily scholarly articles, but they can also include magazine and newspaper articles, encyclopedia entries, images from art collections, digitized historical documents, library catalogs, statistical information, or almost anything.

In many databases, the articles are organized by subject; in such cases, you will see clickable subject terms that you can use to find more on that topic. Many databases also make it possible to search by other characteristics of an article. You may be able to look for articles that have been published after a certain date, peer-reviewed articles, or articles of a particular type.

Although databases allow you to search for information online, they are different from search engines because they include the information that you will find, not just the search box. Because of this, you will have different search results from one database to another, and most of them wouldn't be available from the open Web.

Some databases provide information only in certain, specific fields. Other databases, like JSTOR or Academic Search Complete, include information on a variety of subjects.

In the list below, you will find databases selected by librarians for their relevance to research in the field of Communication Disorders. These databases help you research more effectively and efficiently because they specialize in resources that are most likely to be relevant to your search.

Recommended Databases

Use online databases or periodical indexes to select journal articles you want to read. A journal article is written by a scholar or an expert, and provides a detailed analysis of a topic. Sometimes, searching one database is not enough. Search multiple databases to obtain the most comprehensive information.

You can find bibliographic citations to books and journal articles, as well as full text of some documents.The databases listed below are available for Queens College faculty and students through the library subscriptions and could be found on the QC Libraries Home page.

General and Related Databses

Remote Access

All Queens College students, staff, and faculty can access the librarys’ electronic resources off-campus. To use databases while off-campus you must verify affiliation with Queens College when prompted.

Please note that the library has updated its catalogue and as such barcodes are no longer supported. However, if you are unable to login as suggested below, please complete the form and include your barcode number. We will work to resolve the issue.

In order to access library databases, resources, and your account, you may log in with your CUNY Login Credentials. Your CUNY Login credentials follow the pattern:, where “NN” is the last 2+ digits of your CUNY EMPLID. If you are a guest user, your CUNY Login account username will be the one you set in the CUNY Portal.

When you select a resource from the A-Z Database Page or One Search, you will first see the following page:

Please select Student/Faculty and Staff. From there you will see this page which will prompt you to login with your CUNY Credentials:

If you forgot your CUNY Login credentials and need to reset either your username or password, please visit the CUNY Login Account Service page.

For more information about your CUNY Login Credentials, please review the FAQ.

If you are unable to use your CUNY Credentials and/or have any questions, please contact us via one of the listed options:

Accessing Articles

Accessing Articles in CINAHL

To access articles in CINAHL (and most QC library databases), click the "Find It! @ CUNY" button below the item description or in the left-hand menu on the item detail page.

The "Find It! @ CUNY" button under the item description. 

Sometimes the "Find It!" button will link directly to the article. Other times, It will link to a page in OneSearch (CUNY's catalog); on that page you will either find one or more links to the article text in other databases, or, if the QC library doesn't have direct access to the article, a link to request the article via Interlibrary Loan.

Links to the article appear below the "View Online" heading

Sometimes there will be a PDF icon instead of the "Find It!" button -- that will link directly to the article.

Accessing Articles in PubMed

PubMed comprises more than 32 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher websites. Unfortunately, this can be confusing, because publisher websites don't always connect to the QC library databases, and some even indicate that you should pay for access!! As a Queens College student, you never need to pay to access articles.

If you find an article in PubMed, but the link in PubMed goes to a publisher website rather than to the full text, I recommend searching on the title in CINAHL, in OneSearch, or in Google Scholar. (I always have multiple databases open simultaneously when I'm researching!)

Accessing Articles in Google Scholar

When you're on campus or accessing Google Scholar through the Queens College databases, Google Scholar will provide links to articles that are available from the Queens College library.

A link to the right of the item description reads "Fulltext at QC"