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Finding Information for Speech Pathology: speechBITE

A Library Guide to help with developing research projects in speech pathology (SPH516, SPH526, & SPH423)

Introduction to speechBITE

speechBITE is a free Australian online database of evidence-based practice material related to speech pathology. It is an initiative of the University of Sydney and Speech Pathology Australia.

This resource gives access to citations and (sometimes) abstracts of journal articles. Studies in the database include

  • Systematic Reviews (SRs)
  • Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs)
  • Non-Randomised Controlled Trials (non-RCTs)
  • Case Series (CS)
  • Single Case Experimental Designs (SCEDs).

The full-text of these items is not necessarily included, though there might be links to full-text.

Searching in speechBITE


speechBITE defaults to simple search. This is a keyword search: speechBITE will insert the AND operator between terms. If you wish to search for specific phrase, enclose it in double quotation marks. The truncation and wildcard symbol is the asterisk (*). You can place this before, within, or at the end of a string of letters.



You can use Advanced Search. Here you have the option of searching in 3 keyword text boxes:

  • Keywords
  • Author
  • Source (journal or organisation).

speechBITE also has several drop-down menus which can be used in their own right, or in combination with a keyword search:

  • Speech Pathology Practice Area
  • Type of intervention
  • Population
  • Age group
  • Type of service delivered
  • Research Design.

There are also search fields for Year and Rating.



Your results will be presented as brief records. You can click on a title to view the article details. You can sort the results, add article records to your Selected Articles list, and print, email, save, and export (to EndNote) article records.

You shouldn't expect to get the full articles in your results. Some items - eg Cochrane Systematic Reviews - will have a link to the full-text, but usually you will need to search for the articles in Primo Search, to get the full-text.

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