CD 2372 (Dr. Barnes): Language Development

Purpose: To acquaint you with materials in Cornette Library and on the World Wide Web that will make research for your assignments easier.

Reference Sources

Atlas of Pediatric Physical Diagnosis
RJ 50 .A86 2002 (Reference)
Find brief information by searching &guot;language development&auot; in index. Includes chart on Receptive and Expressive Language Milestones.
Current Pediatric Diagnosis & Treatment
RJ 50 .K45 2005 Ref.(Reference)
Find brief information by searching "language7quot; in index. Includes charts: Normal Speech and Language Development; Early Language Milestone Scale-2 (ELM Scale-2).
Encyclopedia of Education
LB 15 .E47 2003 (Reference)
Eight-volume set. Has one article on "language acquisition".
Encyclopedia of Psychology
BJ 31 .E52 2000 (Reference)
Find excellent, concise articles by searching "language" in the index.
Encyclopedia of Special Education
LC 4007 .E53 2000 (Reference)
Three volumes. Articles include: Expressive Language Disorders, Language Assessment, Language Delays, Language Disorders, and Language Therapy.
MIT Encyclopedia of Communication Disorders
RC 423 .M56 2004 (Reference)
One volume. Consists of four sections: Voice, Speech, Language, and Hearing.
Special Educators Complete Guide to 109 Diagnostic Tests
LC 4019 .P53 1998 (Reference)
Has 10 tests reviewed in section on Speech and Language Assessment, including Test of Language Development-Primary 2 (TOLD-P:2) and Test of Language Development-Intermediate 2 (TOLD-I-2). Does not have actual tests.



Cornette Library's online catalog
Includes books, government documents, videos, journal titles, etc. available throughout the Library. Suggested searches include:
  • a keyword search for your subject, such as language development.
  • the general LC subject heading Children language.
  • the LC subject heading for a specific place such as Language disorders in children United States.

To determine the most appropriate subject headings for your search, refer to the red Library of Congress Subject Headings near the Reference computers in the Library or search the online Library of Congress Authorities Catalog.

Additional Subject Searches
  • apraxia
  • articulation disorders in children
  • children with disabilities language
  • communicative disorders in children
  • deaf children language
  • feral children
  • language acquisition
  • language disorders in children
  • psycholinguistics
Additional Keyword Searches
  • language develop?
  • wolf child?
  • Online catalog for libraries around the world.
  • Lists Cornette Library books along with many more in other libraries.
  • Search by keyword, author, title, or subject.
  • Excellent source for locating items not in Cornette Library's collection.
  • Request books not in Cornette Library through the pre-filled Interlibrary loan form. Allow at least three weeks for books to arrive.


Journal and Magazine Articles

Provide current information

How to Access Databases

Which database?

Health & Wellness Resource Center
Advanced search for "language development" will find outstanding articles from the Gale Encyclopedia of Childhood and Adolescence. Encyclopedia articles include bibliography. Can limit search to "full text" and "refereed publications" to view only journal articles, but will not find the encyclopedia articles. Most articles are only in HTML format.
An excellent source. Some journal articles may overlap results from Academic Search Complete. A citation-only database, although it has numerous links to full-text articles. Database cannot be cited. Cite the database where the article is found.
ScienceDirect Journals
Will find many articles, all scholarly and full-text.

Other databases

Academic Search Complete
Covers many disciplines, but good source for "language acquisition" journal articles. Substantial full-text.
Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health. Citation-only database, but many links to full text. Database cannot be cited. Cite the database where the article is found.
Dissertations and Theses - Full Text
Not "journal articles". Dissertations and theses can range from 100 to 400 pages, so excellent sources of in-depth information. Sample search: "language acquisition" in Index Terms AND NOT "second language" in citation and abstract. Alternate sample search: "language development" in Index Terms AND NOT bilingual in citation and abstract.
Educational Resources Information Center. Can find journal articles and documents about school-age children. Some overlap with Academic Search Complete.
Medline (EBSCO)
International coverage of all aspects of medical information. Can check box for "linked full text". Sample search: "language development" in MH Exact Subject Heading.
Allows you to search six databases at one time. Cannot limit to full text or scholarly articles. Cannot search phrases. Click on Custom Search tab. Under Choose Databases, select Databases by Category. Under Category, select Communications. Highlight the subcategory Communication Disorders. Type in search words, such as language development. After searching, try the View results by databases to see the most hits. Click on SFX to see if full text is available. (Tip: do not use browser's back arrow!)

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Web Sites


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
The professional, scientific, credentialing association for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Topic index has link to Speech and Language Development.
Child Development Institute
Commercial site. Index has link to "Language Development in Children". Includes chart for stages in language development from ages 6 months to 8 years.


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