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Research Guide - Physical Therapy

Electronic Research Databases

Finding Journals

Style Guide

Library of Congress Classification System

Web Sites of Interest


Electronic Research Databases

R2 Digital Library (ebooks) (Link to Database On-campus)- A collection of Medical and Allied Health Reference Books that are aimed toward the discipline of Physical Therapy. Note: when on-campus create a username and password that can be used anywhere. Also accessible via the library's online catalog.

SportDiscus Full Text (Link to Database - On-campus/Off-campus) - Source of full text for sports & sports medicine journals, providing full text for more than 440 journals with coverage dating back to 1985.

Cochrane Collection (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - A unique source of reliable and up-to-date information on the effects of interventions in health care. Designed to provide information and evidence to support decisions taken in health care and to inform those receiving care.

CINAHL Full Text (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - resource contains indexing for 2,928 nursing journals from 1981 to the present. In additioon, full text is available for nearly 600 journals.

Health Source Nursing Academic Edition (Link to Database - On-campus/Off-campus) - Provides more than 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines.

Medline(Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE allows users to search abstracts from over 4,600 current biomedical journals.

Alt HealthWatch (Link to Database - On-campus/Off-campus) - Alternative health database provides full text for 180 publications in the collection, including full text for many peer-reviewed journals. Alt HealthWatch provides in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas covered by complementary and alternative medicine dating back to 1990.

Consumer Health Complete (Link to Database - On-campus/Off-campus) - Comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. Designed to support patients' information needs and foster an overall understanding of health-related topics.

PsycARTICLES(Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Database covers general psychology and specialized, basic, applied, clinical and theoretical research in psychology. The database contains more than 39,000 searchable full text articles from 45 journals published by the American Psychological Association and 8 from allied organizations. It contains all journal articles, letters to the editor and errata from each of the 53 journals. Examples of titles offered in PsycARTICLES include: American Psychologist, Behavioral Neuroscience, Canadian Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychoanalytic Psychology, Psychotherapy: Theory/Research/Practice/Training, etc. Coverage spans from 1985 to the present.

PsycINFO(Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - From the American Psychological Association, contains over two million citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books and dissertations, all in the field of psychology, dating as far back as 1840. Journal coverage, which dates back to the 1800s, includes international material selected from nearly 2,000 periodicals in over 35 languages. More than 65,000 records are added each year. It also includes information about the psychological aspects of related disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business and law. Examples of titles offered in PsycINFO include: Academic Medicine, Academic Psychiatry, Behavior Genetics, Behavioral Disorders, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, Journal of Psychology, Psychoanalytic Psychology, Psychological Assessment, Psychological Medicine,etc.

Annual Reviews(Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Comprehensive, timely collections of critical reviews written by leading scientists. Annual Reviews volumes are published each year for 30 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Physical, and Social Sciences – Annual Review of Psychology (Full Text from 1996 to present).

Biomedical Reference Collection (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus)– a medical database that provides over 100 full text journals, including full text for many peer-reviewed publications. Offers journals which cover virtually every area of medical study. Topics include: clinical medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system and the pre-clinical sciences.


Finding Journals

Guide to Periodicals & Periodical Articles

Use the Library’s Journals A to Z List to search and find full text within the library’s collection.

DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals – Health Sciences. "Free full text, quality controlled ... scholarly journals."


Style Guide

BF76.7 .P83 2001 & 2010 - Publication manual of the American Psychological Association 5th & 6th Editions – Location: Circulation Desk

Visit the ARC-Academic Resource Center for more information on documentation and plagiarism.

Visit Knight Cite, a project of Heckman Library of Calvin College - this is a citation creation tool.

Visit bibme, an online bibliography maker for help with APA, Chicago, or MLA citation styles.

PE 1408 .H11 W95 - A writer's reference/Diana Hacker - Location - Circulation Desk


Library of Congress Classification System – LC Subject

RM695-893 Physical medicine. Physical therapy Including massage, exercise, occupational therapy, hydrotherapy, phototherapy, radiotherapy, thermotherapy, electrotherapy

RM930-931 Rehabilitation therapy RM950 Rehabilitation technology



Web Sites of Interest

American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – "Medical society for the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation, AAPM&R is the only organization exclusively serving the needs of practicing PM&R physicians."

PTmagazine of Physical Therapy - "Professional issues magazine of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Published to meet the needs and interests of APTA members and to promote physical therapy as a vital professional career, PT provides legislative, health care, human interest, and Association news and serves as a forum for discussion of professional issues and ideas in physical therapy practice."

APTA: American Physical Therapy Association – Occupational Health Guidelines.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention– "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people - at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships. CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States."

Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy – "Promotes and assists the licensing jurisdictions to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public by identifying and promoting desirable and reasonable uniformity in physical therapy regulatory standards and practices."  

Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body - Features 1,247 vibrant engravings from the classic 1918 publication and a subject index with 13,000 entries.

LUMEN's Master Muscles List  -  LUMEN stands for Loyola University Medical Education Network.

Medline Plus – "The world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine. Health professionals and consumers alike can depend on it for information that is authoritative and up to date. MedlinePlus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 650 diseases and conditions. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials."

Medline Plus – Medical Dictionary

Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy - "Merck has created The Merck Manuals, a series of healthcare books for medical professionals and consumers. As a service to the community, the content of The Manuals is now available in enhanced online versions as part of The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library. The Online Medical Library is updated periodically with new information, and contains photographs, and audio and video material not present in the print versions." 

National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research- Physical Disabilities  Branch– "To develop and disseminate innovative rehabilitation technologies; to conduct basic and translational research into the causal relationship that links the impairment, functional limitation, and physical disability rehabilitation research domains; to conduct clinical research into the efficacy of rehabilitation interventions; to provide training for investigators in these areas; and to be a resource to investigators and patient care providers."

NLM Medical Subject Headings– "Online vocabulary look-up aid available for use with MeSHฎ (Medical Subject Headings)."

NISMAT Physical Therapy Corner– "Tips and tricks for sports medicine professionals and athletes of all levels."

PubMed– "A service of the National Library of Medicine, includes over 15 million citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950's. These citations are from MEDLINE and additional life science journals. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources."

PubMedCentral – "The U.S. National Library of Medicine's free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature."

Whole Brain Atlas

The Evidence-based Medicine Resource Center – "The New York Academy of Medicine in partnership with the Evidence-based Medicine Committee of the American College of Physicians, New York Chapter has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop an Evidence-based Medicine Resource Center.  Evidence-based medicine is a methodology for evaluating the validity of research in clinical medicine and applying the results to the care of individual patients. Evidence is gathered through systematic review of the literature, and is critically appraised.  The results are then integrated with physician/patient decision making."

Evidence Based Medicine Took Kit - "This kit was created to aid the practice of evidence-based medicine. Such practice involves the conscientious and judicious use of current best evidence in the healthcare of individuals and populations." 

Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine - University Health Network 

NLM Health Services/Technology Assessment Text (HSTAT)- "A free, web-based resource of full-text documents that provide health information and support health care decision making."

PEDro - Physiotherapy Evidence Database - "Developed to give rapid access to bibliographic details and abstracts of randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and evidence-based clinical practce guidelines in physiotherapy."


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