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Occupational Therapy Research: Home

Students in the OTA program will find this guide helpful.


Welcome to the research guide for Occupational Therapy. Use the tabs above to find articles, books, videos and other useful resources. 

Research Basics

 Research Tips

  • Summarize Topic: Determine the terms for the patient's condition. For example: occupational therapy, fatigue, quality of life, multiple sclerosis. If you need more background information about specific attributes of the condition, do some research in your textbooks, Google, etc.

  •  Keywords, Terms & Phrase:  Use medical terms or other keywords and phrases that describe the condition. When searching databases or the Web, enclose phrases in quotes. If acronyms are used, such as MS, search also the full-name in quotes, "multiple sclerosis.".

  • Set Limits: Article databases allow you to limit your search results in various ways. Some limits include:
  • language
  • type of publication (case study, clinical trials, articles)
  • full-text
  • gender, age groups
  • published date
  • Word Truncation: Examine each term for various forms of its root. Most databases use the symbol * or # at the end of the root. For example measur* will retrieve: measuring and measurement. Use the database's Help tab for further instructions.


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