Occasionally we get member questions that are so good we want to share them. We bring in expert guest posters for these, as well, so you hear from somebody other than us. Enjoy!
Evidence-based practice guidelines and systematic reviews: little bit of reading, whole lot of reward!
What’s the #1 thing SLPs cite as a barrier to knowing the research evidence? Time constraints (Hoffman et al., 2013; Nail-Chewetalu & Ratner, 2006). And of course we can't magically gift ourselves several extra hours per week. But even saving a little time, with things like EBP guidelines (Fey, 2006), can help! Overall, reading EBP guidelines and systematic reviews is a whole lot more manageable than trying to learn something new by approaching the topic cold, attempting to search databases, and digging for relevant articles.
So, without further ado—our favorite resources for EBP Guidelines & Systematic Reviews:
The Clinical Research for SLPs group on Facebook is growing fast! Let's take a look at what it has to offer:
Also, there's a weekly chat feature, where we invite experts to come give us great info and answer questions. Here's a small sample of folks we've invited:
You can go BACK to conversations you may have missed by searching these #week__ hashtags within the group (once you join). See the full schedule of past guests under the group's pinned announcement posts.
Oh, and if you're wondering who "we" is? We have several group admins, a mix of SLPs and scientists, from different parts of the country and different universities. Learn about us here.
People with access to University databases usually have "free" access to all journal articles, because their University pays for it.
But the average SLP? Not so much!
Below, we'll explain how to find free versions of journal articles.
First, note that the primary way to obtain a journal article is to go to the publisher’s website and simply pay for it. Publishers own the journal articles. So when you search an article's title, the journal's website is almost always the first thing to pop up. Just like anything else you’d need for therapy—books, toys, treatment materials—scholarly articles do have an associated cost. (Not a fan of that cost? You're not alone.)
What do they usually cost? To purchase a single article is usually between $12 and $60. Some journals also allow you to rent the article for 48 hours for much cheaper (usually around $6).
(Now, back up: Recall that if you need to FIND an article in the first place, free databases include PubMed, for medical research, and ERIC, for educational research. But once you have the title of the article you want, here's how to proceed...)
Here are some ways people get journal articles for free:
So clearly there are many options. And, clearly, the method for accessing research articles for the general public is far from ideal. For now, we simply encourage you to be part of the conversation on what SLPs need in order to be able to provide evidence-based practice.
***One more thing— the articles TISLP shows you are always brand new, ahead of print. These new articles tend to be expensive when first published, then become free later on (e.g. the publication embargo ends, they become open access, or end up available on a website). So if you're wanting an article but can wait, you can always just add it to your "To Read" list and try to find it again later. In general, the longer you wait, the more likely you are to find an article for free online.