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Physical Therapy, Movement & Rehabilitation Sciences: Citing, Writing, Dissertations

A guide to library resources and research in physical therapy, rehabilititation, sports physical therapy, occupational ergonomics and health

Citation Management Software

Is there software to help organize my references?

Yes! EndNote and RefWorks are licensed for use by current NU faculty, staff, and students. Zotero is an open source product. Any of these programs can help you collect and manage your references, and auto-format citations and bibliographies in your papers.

For more details on each program, see the introductory pages for
RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero

More about citations

Citing Your Sources

Check our pages on avoiding plagiarism and citations and bibliographies.

If you're not sure which citation format to use, please check with your instructor. 
Most but not all physical therapy research papers use the AMA (American Medical Association) Manual of Style for citing sources. 
AMA Manual of Style  For reference examples: click on "Contents" and go to "Section 1" part 3.

APA (Purdue OWL)

Journal Title Abbreviations

To find the correct journal title abbreviations, check the National Library of Medicine's Catalog of Journals Referenced in the NCBI Databases.  Medline/PubMed Journal Title Abbreviations

Type the full journal title in quotation marks into the search box, (e.g.:  "archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation").
From the results, select the title you want. The correct abbreviation to use is located in the "NLM Title Abbreviation, e.g.: Arch Phys Med Rehabil

Dissertations Online

 Submitting dissertations and theses online

The Digital Repository Service is a secure repository system, designed to store and share scholarly, administrative, and archival materials from the Northeastern University community.

NU dissertations online are also searchable at Dissertations and Theses at NU.

To search for dissertations beyond NU, use ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, Global.


Writing Assistance

For help with writing projects, consider a visit to Northeastern's Writing Center.  Same-day walk in service is available in 136 Snell Library; assistance by appointment is offered in the 412 Holmes center. Online consulting is also available (all appointments in EST).

The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) is an extraordinary resource for all aspects of paper writing, including citation and bibliography.  The Site Map is a good place to begin.


These links used by kind permission of the Purdue Online Writing Lab.