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Physical and occupational therapy

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Library services

Library website and resources

Sources for background information

Anatomy resources

  • Anatomy.tv - Interactive 3D learning tool. Select a specialty or anatomical area to view 3D images, MRI, slides, animations, and short explanatory texts.
  • The Hosford Muscle Tables: Skeletal Muscles of the Human Body - Muscle groups, categorized by region of the body. For each muscle group, lists points of attachment or origin and insertion, action(s), related circulatory and nervous anatomy.
  • Musculoskeletal Atlas - Over 80 labelled images of upper and lower extremities.
  • Bates' Visual Guide - Video guides to physical examination. Features general, age group-specific and area-specific videos.

Dictionaries and textbooks

Browsing for books in Physical Therapy

Call Number Subject
QT 261 Sports injuries
WB 541 Therapeutic exercise
WE 755 Back therapy
WE 810 Shoulder therapy
WE 830 Hand therapy
WE 870 Knee therapy

Browsing for books in Occupational Therapy

Call Number Subject
WB 555 Occupational therapy--methods
WL 355 Cerebrovascular disorders--rehabilitation
WS 368 Pediatric occupational therapy


Core and additional databases

  • CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature) Plus with Full Text - Extensive coverage of allied health literature. Indexes over 4,900 journals. Additional materials include books, select conference proceedings, and audiovisuals. Tip: Visit the CINAHL Support Center for tutorials.
  • MEDLINE (1996-) - Covers international biomedical literature, including allied health. Indexes approximately 5,400 journals. Tip: Include older material by searching  MEDLINE (1946-)
  • EMBASE - Covers international biomedical and pharmacological literature. Indexes over 7,500 journals.
  • AMED - Covers journals in complementary medicine, palliative care, and allied health, from the British Library.
  • Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HAPI) - Coversmeasurement instruments (i.e., questionnaires, interview schedules, checklists, index measures, coding schemes/ manuals, rating scales, projective techniques, vignettes/scenarios, tests) in the health fields, psychosocial sciences, organizational behavior, and library and information science. Tip: Looking at instruments, measures, tests and scales? See our guide.
  • PsycInfo - Covers behavioural sciences and mental health literature. Indexes over 2,500 journals. Additional materials include books, dissertations and secondary publications.
  • SPORTdiscus - Covers sports and sports medicine journals. Also includes books, book chapters, conference proceedings and magazine articles. 
  • REHABDATA - Covers 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. Indexes over 80,000 reports, articles, books, and non-print materials.
  • Database of International of Rehabilitation Research (from CIRRIE) - International coverage of  all aspects of rehabilitation. Over 5,000 journals represented.
  • Autism Data - Covers over 30,000 research papers, books, and videos and other materials on autism, from the National Autistic Society (UK).

Evidence-based therapy resources

  • Cochrane Library - Includes Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, other reviews (DARE), Cochrane Controlled Trials Register (CENTRAL), methods studies, health technology assessments and economic evaluations.
  • Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE) - Systematic reviews not carried out by the Cochrane Collaboration.
  • PubMed Clinical Queries - Limits PubMed search results to specific clinical research areas.
  • OT Seeker - Abstracts of systematic reviews, randomised trials and other resources relevant to occupational therapy. Most trials are critially appraised and rated for quality.
  • PEDro - Systematic reviews, randomised trials and clinical practice guidelines relevant to physical therapy. Trials are assessed for quality.  
  • StrokeEngine - Evidence-based stroke assessment and rehabilitation information. See Intervention site for effectiveness reviews for stroke rehabilitation interventions, as well as practice guidelines. See Assessment site for reviews of stroke rehabilitation assessment tools.

Selected Internet sites

Assistive technology sites

  • ABLEDATA - Objective information on assistive technology products.
  • Assistivetech.net - US-based website with information on assistive technologies, adaptive environments, and community resources for people with disabilities, and the public. Produced by the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) and Accessible Workplace Lab, at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Tip: Use the 'Advanced Search' option to refine your search by product type, activity, or functional limitation.

Professional organizations

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