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Physical Therapy, Movement & Rehabilitation Sciences: Getting Started

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

Looking for Peer-reviewed articles?

Many databases, such as CINAHL Complete and SPORTDiscus, offer ways to limit your search results to specific types of articles, such as peer-reviewed.  Here's how:

Enter your search terms, then scroll down to the "Limit your results" options. Check the "Peer-reviewed" box. There are other useful limit options, such as age group, research article, evidence-based practice--try it out!

Key Databases


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AccessPhysiotherapy is a comprehensive full-text resource that integrates 38 core physical therapy texts, procedure and exercise videos to teach exercise and rehabilitation techniques and interventions. Includes self-assessment tools consisting of multiple-choice quizzes from textbooks, 1100 interactive self-assessment questions to help prepare for the NPTE exam, a unique cadaver dissection tool, cases, and concise outlines of common conditions and disorders using Quick Answers.

Featured Resource: JoVE the Journal of Visualized Experiments

JoVE is a peer-reviewed scientific video journal. and is Indexed in PubMed.  JoVE collections include: 

Immunology and Infection
Science Education

DSM-5 Online

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   The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5 (DSM-5) is the handbook used by health care professionals in the United States and much of the world as the authoritative guide to the diagnosis of mental disorders. DSM contains descriptions, symptoms, and other criteria for diagnosing mental disorders.  The DSM-5 is part of the recently purchased package called PsychiatryOnline Premium.  Connect to DSM-5
View the PsychiatryOnline Tutorial  to learn more about searching across psychiatric journals, ebooks, practice guidelines and more. -- access 100+ high quality training videos in psychotherapy.  Watch master psychotherapists in action and hear leading experts discuss their thoughts behind their interventions.

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