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Occupational Therapy  

A resource guide for topics in occupational therapy.
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Main e-Resources

  • OTSearch
    A bibliographic database produced by the American Occupational Therapy Association.
  • CINAHL: Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (via EBSCO)
    Index to journals in nursing, medical technology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, and other allied heath disciplines. Also includes a selection of pharmacy and pharmacology titles.
  • PubMed
    One of the largest biomedical databases, PubMed includes both clinical and basic research. Use the USciences link to PubMed so that you can access the library’s journal holdings.
  • PsycINFO (via Ovid)
    American Psychological Association (APA) database providing abstracts and citations to literature in the psychological, social, behavioral, and health sciences. It provides access to journal articles, books, chapters, and dissertations.
  • ERIC: Education Resources Information Center
    Publicly available database of education research and information sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Articles are usually available only in citation format with an abstract or short description of the work.
    • To check availability in our holdings, click “Find in a Library" beside a citation.
  • The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy - 19th Ed. (via STAT!Ref)
    General medical reference book for health care professionals.
  • MedAbbrev
    Dictionary of medical abbreviations. Based on "Medical Abbreviations: 32,000 Conveniences at the Expense of Communication and Safety, 15th ed." by Dr. Neil M. Davis. Contains "over 37,000 possible meanings for the acronyms, symbols, abbreviations, and slang terms listed."

Other Resources

  • Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy
    A "web portal to support evidence-based practice OT around the world ...designed in partnership with international colleagues to provide strategies, knowledge and resources to aid occupational therapists in finding out about and using evidence."
    REHABDATA is a database that focuses on disability and rehabilitation and is produced by the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC). "The database describes over 80,000 documents covering physical, mental, and psychiatric disabilities, independent living, vocational rehabilitation, special education, assistive technology, law, employment, and other issues as they relate to people with disabilities."
  • OTSeeker  
    OTSeeker attempts to include all systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials that are of use to practice in occupational therapy.
  • AOTA
    The American Occupational Therapy Association provides a number of services, including lowcost delivery of articles from its library (members pay less) and access to Evidence-Based Practice Resources (members only).
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Evidence-Based Reports
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. As an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ supports research that helps people make more informed decisions and improves the quality of health care services.
  • DSM-5: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Ed.
    The DSM-5 is published by the American Psychiatric Association and covers all mental health disorders for both children and adults. It also lists known causes of these disorders, statistics in terms of gender, age at onset, and prognosis as well as some research concerning the optimal treatment approaches.
  • National Guideline Clearinghouse
    The NGC mission is to provide physicians and other health professionals, health care providers, health plans, integrated delivery systems, purchasers, and others an accessible mechanism for obtaining objective, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines and to further their dissemination, implementation, and use.

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 is how to proceed:

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

2.    Enter all or part of the journal title in the Quick 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. Note the Online Coverage column which shows the date range of full text online holdings for each title.

4.    Look for the journal title you need and note whether the title is available through full text (online) access and/or if the library has print holdings. This will be indicated if there is a checkbox under the appropriate column.

5.    Online Journals - To see a journal that is available online, click on its checkmark (fulltext and print checkmark) under Full Text Access. 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 username and password to view most online articles.  Some online journal articles are not available from off-campus due to vendor or technical barriers.

6.    Print Holdings - To see which volumes of a journal the library holds, click on the checkmark (fulltext and print checkmark) under Print Holdings. The link will take you to the journal's entry in Our Catalog (cataLyst). Sometimes instead of a single entry, a results list will appear. Choose your journal from the results list. Scroll down through the entry to find the location of the journal and the library's holdings. Most bound and unbound journals are 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 full text items in our collection.)
    • If you do not see the Find Full Text at USciences link next to an item you would like to read, look beneath the citation for a link that reads All (#) versions. If present, click this link to see all the locations the item is hosted online. In some instances, free access to the item 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:

    • Library Catalog (cataLyst)
      Search the library catalog for books on your topic. Use this link to enter the full catalog interface, or use the Search field at the top of this guide to do a quick search (make sure to choose "Library Catalog (cataLyst)" from the drop-down menu first).
    • E-ZBorrow
      If you don't find what you're looking for in the Library Catalog, use E-ZBorrow to borrow books from other libraries, free of charge.
    • Our e-Book List
      Use our e-Book List to search for e-books owned by USciences. Be sure to click the e-Books tab to highlight it before searching.
    • eBook Collection (via EBSCO)
      If you don't find what you need in Our e-Book List, use EBSCO's eBook database to search for and access e-books in a variety of subjects.

    Citing Your Sources

    American Psychological Association (APA) Style

    Other Citation Resources

    • Refworks
      Citation management service for creating bibliographies. Please note: 
      •  First-time users must create their own unique Login Name and Password to access RefWorks. Look for the "Sign Up for a New Account" link on the RefWorks homepage. 
      • The Login Name and Password are used to access RefWorks both on and off-campus.
      • If you choose to download Refworks' "Write-N-Cite" plugin for MS Word (available for PC and Mac), you may be prompted to enter a "group code" when installing the "Write-N-Cite" plugin. Our group code is: RWUSciPhil  
    • How to Write a Reference 
      Our guide to commonly used citation styles.

      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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      Conditions in Occupational Therapy : Effect on Occupational Performance
      Call Number: WB 555 C745 2012
      ISBN: 9781609135072
      Publication Date: 2012
      "Conditions in Occupational Therapy focuses on chronic health problems and their impact on an individual's physical, cognitive, psychological, and social capabilities. Readers learn how the patient's age, life tasks, and living environment affect occupational therapy needs, and how to determine what occupational therapy services to provide. Chapters present the etiology, symptoms, prognosis, and progression of conditions frequently encountered in practice. Case studies at the end of every chapter help students apply the content to real-life clinical situations.

      This edition includes new chapters on vision disorders, muscular dystrophy, infectious diseases, and developmental trauma disorder. The expanded art program includes more photos, drawings, charts, and graphs."

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      Crafts and Creative Media in Therapy - Carol Tubbs and Margaret Drake
      Call Number: WB 555 T884 2012
      ISBN: 9781556429767
      Publication Date: 2012
      Engagement in crafts and other creative activities is making a comeback as an established method in the occupational therapy rehabilitation process. With the profession promoting a return to purposeful activity and "occupation" as key components of treatment, the Fourth Edition of Crafts and Creative Media in Therapy will continue to be a leading resource. For more than 15 years, Carol Tubbs and Margaret Drake have illuminated the value of the use of crafts and other creative media in therapeutic settings. Inside this Fourth Edition , the authors give examples of the benefits of crafts, describe how to document their use, and give suggestions for effective implementation. A variety of craft categories, suitable for various treatment settings and appealing to a range of interests, are described and explained, as well as low- or no-cost projects and ideas for the therapist who may have limited resources.

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      Foundations for Practice in Occupational Therapy - Edward A. S. Duncan (Editor)
      Call Number: WB 555 F771 2011
      ISBN: 9780702032325
      Publication Date: 2011
      "... provides an excellent introduction to the theoretical basis of occupational therapy. Contributions are given by both academics and expert clinicians.

      • Discusses evidence-based practices and established theories but also includes contemporary developments
      • Range of expert contributors provide an international perspective of practice
      • Case studies highlighting the application of theory to practice
      • Details of the latest developments and debates in the field
      • 2 chapters on the PEOP model and community-based rehabilitation
      • Highlight boxes throughout indicating key themes/issues"

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      Occupation-Based Activity Analysis - Heather Thomas
      Call Number: WB 555 T457
      ISBN: 9781556429460
      Publication Date: 2012
      This text effectively progresses the reader toward understanding the differences between occupations and activities, and the interaction of all of the components of activities and occupations, such as performance skills, client factors, activity demands, and contexts. The text also instructs students to analyze activities using the domain components as outlined in the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, 2nd Edition. This text guides the reader through understanding the process of activity analysis from the perspective of examining typical activity demands. Learning of key concepts is reinforced through case examples, worksheets, exercises, and sample analyses.

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      Psychosocial Occupational Therapy: an Evolving Practice - Elizabeth Cara; Anne MacRae
      Call Number: WM 450.5 O2 C258 2013
      ISBN: 9781111318307
      Publication Date: 2013
      "Psychosocial Occupational Therapy" is filled with case illustrations to demonstrate therapy in clinical practice so that readers are prepared for working with actual clients in real-life contexts. Seven new chapters have been added to the third edition and cover topics such as recovery perspectives, mental health research in occupational therapy, mental health of infants, managing pain in occupational therapy, assessment and outcome measurement, psychosocial occupational therapy in the school setting, and occupational therapy in the military. With contributions from experts in the field and discussions of current developments in the profession, this book is an excellent resource for anyone interested in occupational therapy.

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