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ComDisDome is an indexing and abstracting tool covering the communications disorders literature, with focus on speech-language pathology and audiology. In one convenient location, the database will quickly identify and connect you to reliable information from multiple sources in your field, including journal articles and books, along with access to profiles of researchers working in this area.

ComDisDome will help users to stay current on the latest findings and trends in communications disorders research, improve patient communication and education, write research reports and grants, and locate and communicate with researchers in the field.

Subject Coverage
    Major areas of coverage include:
    • Audiologic Management
    • Audiology
    • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
    • Communication Mechanism and Systems
    • Electroneuronography (ENoG)
    • Hearing Assessment
    • Hearing Conservation
    • Hearing Impairment
    • Hearing Science
    • Pediatric Audiology
    • Professional Issues
    • Rehabilitative Audiology
    • Speech/Articulation
    • Speech-Language Pathology
Dates of Coverage
    1950 - Current, with some coverage back to 1911.
Update Frequency
    Monthly, with approximately 400 records added per update.
    307,614 records as of July 2012
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Sample Record
    TI: Title
    External carotid artery blood supply to the orbit.
    AU: Author
    McIntosh, D L; Douglas, Gavin; Lee, Kevin; Allen, Jacqui; Mahadevan, M
    AF: Affiliation
    Department of Paediatric Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Auckland Starship Children's Hospital, Park Road, Grafton, New Zealand; Department of Surgery, Auckland School of Medicine, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.
    SO: Source
    International journal of pediatric otorhinolaryngology, 2007 Oct, 71(10):1623-6. Epub: 2007 Jul 23
    IS: ISSN 0165-5876
    AB: Abstract
    The utility of angiography and embolisation of selected branches of the external carotid artery is occasionally helpful in the management of recurrent epistaxis, pre-operative devascularisation of tumours such as angiofibromas, and other head and neck conditions. The use of embolisation for recalcitrant post-tonsillectomy bleeding due to the formation of an aneurysm or pseudoaneurysm of branches of the external carotid artery has been described [P. Simoni, J. Bello, B. Kent, Pseudoaneurysm of the lingual artery secondary to tonsillectomy treated with selective embolization, Int. J. Pediatr. Otorhinolaryngol. 59 (2) (2001) 125-128]. There are also reports of pseudoaneurysm formation on the internal carotid following tonsillectomy [F. Tovi, A. Leiberman, Y. Hertzanu, L. Golcman, Pseudoaneurysm of the internal carotid artery secondary to tonsillectomy, Int. J. Pediatr. Otolaryngol. 13 (1987) 69-75]. The repeated presentation of a 5-year-old girl with post-operative tonsillectomy bleeding on three separate occasions, each approximately 1 week apart, prompted the consideration of the diagnosis of aneurysm formation, and hence, angiography was performed. The anomalous finding from this study precluded embolisation due to the risk of blindness. This experience has prompted this review which highlights the important issues of angiographic assessment prior to embolisation. The relevance of this to external carotid artery ligation is also reflected upon.
    LA: Language
    CP: Country of Publication
    PY: Publication Year
    PT: Publication Type
    Journal Article
    ST: Status
    FV: Format Availability
    SF: Subfile
    Index Medicus; In process
    AN: Accession number
    UD: Update
Browsable Indexes
    A browsable index is an alphabetical listing of terms used in a specific field of a database. You can browse this list to see, for example, how authors' names are spelled and therefore can search all variants of the name. In ComDisDome, browsable indexes are available for the following fields:
      Journal Name
      Publication Type

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Thesaurus Availability

    The Topic Guide, available under the Thesaurus Tab from Search Tools, is a top-down view of the discipline’s topic areas. It contains over 5600 topics and will assist you in finding the best keywords to expand or narrow your search. The Topic Guide is an unparalleled resource for acquiring a cohesive view of the discipline’s subject areas and their interrelationships.

    Using our interactive Thesaurus Search you can browse for terms in the Topic Guide via a hierarchical, alphabetical, or rotated index display. These display formats allow you to navigate the topic guide alphabetically or through the hierarchical relationships between terms. After finding appropriate terms, you can submit a search for those terms. Search terms can also be combined or restricted by using AND/OR operators.

    Terms selected from the Topic Guide are searched against all text fields of ComDisDome. For example, a search on “audiology” will retrieve records that include audiology in the Title, Abstract, or Descriptors field. For a search in the Descriptors field only, use Advanced Search or Command Search to search DE=audiology.

Field Codes

    The following field codes are found in the records of this database. Here they are listed in alphabetical order by two-letter code. See Field Codes and Search Examples for detailed descriptions and search examples.

      AB = Abstract

      JI = Journal Issue

      AF = Affiliation

      JN = Journal Name

      AN = Accession Number

      JP = Journal Pages

      AU = Author

      JS = Journal Supplement

      CD = CODEN

      JT = Journal Part

      CF = Conference

      JV = Journal Volume

      CP = Country of Publication

      LA = Language

      DA = Dissertation Number

      LR = Last Revision Date

      DB = Databank

      NT = Notes

      DE = Descriptors

      OT = Original Title

      EP = End Page

      PB = Publisher

      FP = First Page

      PT = Publication Type

      FV = Format Availability

      PY = Publication Year

      GD = Grant Start Date

      SO = Source

      IB = ISBN

      TI = Title

      IS = ISSN

      UD = Update

    Descriptors, DE=

    Records included in ComDisDome are indexed with terminology drawn from several thesauri, and many include MeSH terms. These descriptors may be single or multi-word terms and serve as standard ways to describe the subject of the original document. They may refer to very specific items or to general concepts; often the word or term is not to be found anywhere else in the record, including in the title or the abstract, so a descriptor provides another access point or search term for finding information. To search it use DE= and when looking for several multi-word terms, use parentheses around each term and the Boolean Operator OR between, eg:

    DE=(intellectual disability) or DE=(down syndrome)

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