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Audiology & Speech Pathology

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  • Are there opposing points of view about the topic?
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Tip! You might think differently about your topic once you have started researching it – this is normal! If necessary, you can redefine your topic as you go.

Take some time to make sure that you understand your assignment question.

It can be helpful to highlight the keywords in the question and to think about the wider concepts that are relevant to the topic. These keywords and concepts will help you search for information.

Assignment question example:

Describe the benefits and limitations of using standardised assessments and criterion-referenced assessments for school-age, language impaired children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds


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speech pathology

criterion referenced assessment

speech disorders

cultural diversity


speech therapy

standardised assessment

language disorders


school aged

speech language pathology

standardized assessment

language development disorders




evidence based

communication disorders




Find Material

Dictionaries and encyclopaedias are reference sources. You can find them using these reference research databases.


Example: You want to obtain the full-text article: O'Halloran, R. 2010. Life lessons from speech pathology. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation 17(1), pp.10-12.

  1. Go to MultiSearch​ 
  2. Search for the article. Use inverted commas to keep the title together i.e. "Life lessons from speech pathology"
  3. Link to the article, or find it in our print collection*.

* Distance Education students see Distance Education Service

Postgraduate and Higher Degree Research students can request items through the Interlibrary Loans service if not available  full-text through MultiSearch.

Example: Find the book titled Stuttering: an integrated approach to its nature and treatment.

Enter the title of the book within double quotes eg "Stuttering an integrated approach to its nature and treatment".

Use the filter, Refine My Results, in the left-hand panel and select Books.


Tip! You can search for books (both print and online) in MultiSearch.

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