OU Libraries
OU Libraries

Search by title, author...

LIBRARY GUIDE TO PT 3020 - Physical Therapy as Profession

Find Books and Articles
START by exploring Library OneSearch (includes books, ebooks, academic journals, newspapers)

*Try search terms like hand AND "physical therapy" and use facets on left to narrow by source type - choose " "

***View list of Physical Therapy journals

View collection of ebooks related to Physical Therapy as a Profession from AccessPhysiotherapy database.
Relevant Physical Therapy database
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff CINAHL Plus with Full-Text  The Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) is a comprehensive and highly-authoritative database for research in nursing and health sciences. 

Unrestricted Resource MedlinePlus Produced by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. It offers reliable, up-to-date health information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in plain language. An excellent source for patient information.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Medline via Web of Science  MEDLINE is the premier database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. It contains over 20 million records of journal articles in the life sciences, with particular emphasis on biomedicine. Coverage: 1950-present. 

Unrestricted Resource PEDro
The Physiotherapy Evidence Database provides information on "randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy."

 Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff SPORTDiscus Topics include physical fitness, exercise, sports medicine, physical education, kinesiology, health education, biomechanics, movement science,  physical therapy, rehabilitation etc.

Unrestricted Resource TRIP
A  free clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice. Simultaneously searches several evidence-based sources of systematic reviews, practice guidelines, and critically-appraised topics and articles. Also searches MEDLINE's Clinical Queries, medical image databases, e-textbooks, and patient information leaflets.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Web of Science  provides access to Science Citation Index (SCI), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) and Arts and Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI). 

**View the entire list of Physical Therapy related databases
Additional PT resources
APTA site The website for the American Physical Therapy Association which provides members online access to it's journal and news magazines.
How to know if it's peer-reviewed
Citation Tools
Kresge Library subcriptions include free access for the OU community to RefWorks. This online personal database of references helps you generate a bibliography from your list of references automatically formatted in any common citation style.

Citation Style Guides:
Library Contact
Picture: Julia Rodriguez

Julia Rodriguez
Associate Professor / Nursing, Health Sciences & Scholarly Communications Librarian

Schedule a research consultation (Fall & Winter only)
Library Session Follow-up Survey
In effort to always improve my teaching sessions please fill up the quick short survey.  Answers to the survey are anonymous. I know everyone is really busy so thank you for this is extra effort.

Types of Information Sources
  • Books – Authors may be experts or not. Usually well researched but maybe not as up-to-date
  • Academic journals (peer-reviewed) Written by scholars for a scholarly audience - cite their sources (facts)
  • Popular magazines - Written by staff and freelance (non-experts) writers for a general (non-academic) audience
  • Trade magazines - provide information about current trends and practices to practitioners in the field
  • Newspapers - Written by staff and freelance (non-expert) writers, provide information about current events, especially from a local perspective
  • Web resources– can be created by a variety of sources -commercial, non-profit, education, government, individuals
If you need...source chart
Evaluating Resources
Six Things to Consider about any information source.....

1. Authority - Who is the author/developer? What are her/his qualifications? What are the affiliations, if any?
2. Currency -
Is the material current, updated regularly?
3. Relevancy -
How relevant is the information to your topic?
4. Accuracy -
How do you know the information contained is correct? Are the facts cited, can they be checked?
5. Objectivity/Bias -
Is the information presented objectively? What bias might the authors/creators have?
6. Appropriateness -
Is this a good source for academic / scholarly level research?
Writing Help

The Writing Center at Oakland University will assist developing their ideas into polished final products. The Center's services are in high demand so be sure to plan ahead when scheduling an appointment.


OU Libraries | 100 Library Drive, Rochester, Michigan 48309-4479 | (248) 370-2471
Accessibility | Sitemap | Hours | Location | Comments | Webmaster

Hours | Location

OU Libraries on Facebook OU Libraries on Twitter OU Libraries on Instagram OU Libraries News