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Physical Therapy & EBM

A resource guide for topics in evidence-based practice for physical therapy.

Locating Evidence

Other e-Resources

Collections of Evidence (available through subscription)

Selected Journal Articles

EBM articles by Trisha Greenhalgh, from July through September, 1997 BMJ

·         Greenhalgh, T.  How to read a paper: the Medline database.  BMJ. 1997 July 19; 315(7101): 180–183.  Available free from PubMed Central.

·         Greenhalgh, T.  How to read a paper: getting your bearings (deciding what the paper is about). BMJ. 1997 July 26; 315(7102): 243–246.  Available free from PubMed Central.

·         Greenhalgh, T.  How to read a paper:  assessing the methodological quality of published papers.  BMJ. 1997 August 2; 315(7103): 305–308.   Available free from PubMed Central.     

·         Greenhalgh, T.  How to read a paper: statistics for the non-statistician. I: Different types of data need different statistical tests.  BMJ. 1997 August 9; 315(7104): 364–366.  Available free from PubMed Central.   

·         Greenhalgh, T.  How to read a paper: statistics for the non-statistician. II: "Significant" relations and their pitfalls.  BMJ. 1997 August 16; 315(7105): 422–425.  Available free from PubMed Central.

·         Greenhalgh, T.  How to read a paper: papers that report drug trials.  BMJ. 1997 August 23; 315(7106): 480–483.  Available free from PubMed Central.

·         Greenhalgh, T.  How to read a paper: papers that report diagnostic or screening tests. BMJ. 1997 August 30; 315(7107): 540–543.    Available free from PubMed Central.

·         Greenhalgh, T.  How to read a paper: papers that tell you what things cost (economic analyses).  BMJ. 1997 September 6; 315(7108): 596–599.    Available free from PubMed Central

·         Greenhalgh, T.  How to read a paper: papers that summarise other papers (systematic reviews and meta-analyses).  BMJ. 1997 September 13; 315(7109): 672–675.   Available free from PubMed Central.

·         Greenhalgh, T.  and R. Taylor.  How to read a paper:  papers that go beyond numbers (qualitative research). BMJ. 1997 September 20; 315(7110): 740–743. Available free from PubMed Central.    

Find Journals/Articles by Title

The J.W. England Library maintains both print and electronic subscriptions to many journals. The best way to determine if we subscribe to a specific journal (and to look up articles within it) is to search Our Journal List/e-Book List.  Here's how to proceed:

1.    Make sure the Journals tab is selected (maroon) before you search, to ensure you are searching journals and not e-books.

2.    Enter all or part of the journal title in the Search box and click Search.  Make sure you enter a journal title and not an article title.

3.     Titles matching your search will be displayed. A summary of the Online Coverage available will appear beneath the journal's title.

4.    Look for the journal title you need and note whether the title is available through online access and/or if the library has print holdings. Print holdings will be noted by the words Print Holdings Available.

5.    Online Journals - To view a journal that is available online, click on an available link under Access Information.  In cases where two or more links appear, choose the one with the best coverage dates to meet your needs.  The link should take you directly to the online journal located within a database or collection. Once inside, you can navigate to your article.  If you are off-campus, you will need a valid USciences username and password to view most articles.  Some online journal articles are not available from off-campus due to vendor or technical restrictions.

6.    Print Holdings - To see which volumes of a journal the library holds in print, click on the Print Holdings Available link. The link will take you to the journal's entry in the Library Catalog (cataLyst) Scroll down through the entry to find the location of the journal and the library's holdings at the bottom of the page. Most bound and unbound journals are shelved on the library's second floor.

      (View tutorials including "Basic Searching", "More on Using the Search Button" and more)


What if the Library Doesn't Have a Journal?

  • If you need an article from a journal that we do not subscribe to, you can request the article via ILLiad, our free interlibrary loan service. Learn more about ILLiad and other interlibrary loan options here.
  • If you need the article right away, you may be able to visit another library and access it there. There are many other libraries in the city, several of which are located close to USciences. Learn more about using other libraries.

Search Google Scholar

Google Scholar is Google’s tool for searching scholarly literature.

  • Just search using the field below. In your search results, look for the Find Full Text at USciences link next to individual results and click it to access full text via our e-resource subscriptions. (The link should only appear next to items available in our collection.)
  • If you do not see the Find Full Text at USciences link next to an item, look beneath the citation for a link that reads All (#) versions. If present, click this link to see all the locations where the item is hosted online. In some instances, free access may be available through one of these locations. If not, consider placing a request via ILLiad for the item.

Important Note: Google Scholar's search results are not exhaustive, so do not assume that you have found "everything" on your topic via Scholar. It is just one tool to employ in your searches.

Books & e-Books

There are several ways to search for books and e-books in the library collection:

Citing Your Sources

Featured Books from Our Collection

Click a title/author link to check availability in the library catalog (cataLyst)A status of Not Charged indicates the book is available.

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