Welcome to the Occupational Therapy Guide.

Audience: Pre-OT & MOT students.

Help Available: please contact librarians at Ask a Librarian or on the Library Tab in the Portal (phone, email, chat)

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APA Citation Style Guide

Evidence-Based Practice Guide

Finding Primary Research Articles

Use these search techniques to locate primary research articles inside databases.

  1. Add the following row of keywords to your search: (methods AND results) OR methodology OR “research” OR “study”. You will want to copy and paste this entire row of keywords into its own search box in the advanced search.

Important! From your list of results, you will still need to examine each article to see if it is primary research.

  1. Filter by Document/Article/Publication type: health sciences databases often let you limit results by article type. Common options include:
    • Clinical Trials
    • Randomized Controlled Trial
    • Cohort Study
    • Case study/Case Report

Search for articles in Primo & library databases (see databases tab)

Instructions for finding, accessing, & requesting: Finding Journal Articles

Journal Titles

Occupational Therapy EJournals Shelf

Browse Articles By Journal Title

  1. Open  Primo Journal Title Search
  2. Search for the Journal’s Title
  3. Click on the Journal in the search results.
  4. Search inside the journal for keywords on the journal page.



Books and websites are a great resource for reviewing and mastering course concepts.

Recommended Books & Websites

Occupational Therapy and Neurological ConditionsEbook
Core Concepts of Occupational Therapy: A Dynamic Framework for PracticeEbook
Occupational Therapy HandbookEbook
Human Anatomy OnlineWebsite
NLM’s MedlinePlus Medical EncyclopediaWebsite

Search Ebooks

Browse Books Inside the Library

LC Call Numbers

  • RJ 52-53           Pediatric Therapeutics
  • RM 735            Occupational Therapy
  • RM930-931      Rehabilitation therapy

NIH Finding and Using Data Free Online Course

Background Information

Research Search Tools

Working on a literature review? Try one of these online tools to find additional research studies and grey literature. Search for the article title in Primo to find to full-text.

PICO Search Tools

  • PEDro (Physiotherapy Evidence Database):
    free database of over 19,000 randomized trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy.
  • Trip Database – Clinical Search Engine  Clinical search tool to identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice. Registered users (registration is free) benefit from extra features such as CPD, search history, and collaborative tools.

Evidence Types


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