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Physical Therapy, Movement & Rehabilitation Sciences: Start Here!

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


This guide introduces you to library services and resources to support your physical therapy research. Use the tabs at the top for physical therapy and rehabilitation databases, e-books and background information on your topic. If you need help with your research, please contact me, schedule an appointment, or for immediate assistance Ask A Librarian.

Best Bets--Searching the Physical Therapy Literature

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F.A. Davis PT Collection  New!
Collection of 29 top F.A. Davis physical therapy e-books, fully searchable and continuously updated. Includes physical therapy cases to help apply real-life scenarios and patient-therapist interaction. 400 videos on exercise and rehabilitation techniques, physical therapy interventions and kinetics. Create a MyAccess account to access review questions.
Access to 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.
AccessNeurology   New!
A comprehensive resource which integrates 23 key neurology texts, an interactive neuroanatomy atlas, videos on gait and movement disorders, physical exam, cases, review questions and more.
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CINAHL Complete
Indexing and abstracts for 5,500 journals in nursing and 17 allied health disciplines, including physical therapy and rehabilitation from 1937 to the present.
Pedro (Physiotherapy Evidence Database)
Free database with 40,000+ randomized trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy.
Web of Science
Citations and abstracts from scholarly literature in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Includes conference proceedings, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions also included. One of the most comprehensive databases of academic research.
Cited reference searching allows you to track prior research, see who is citing your work, measure the influence of someone's work, and navigate forward, backward and through the literature of your discipline. Advanced searching offers the ability to search by institutional affiliation or funding agency, to see who is working in, and funding, similar areas of research to your own.
Comprehensive, authoritative source of literature for journals covering sports medicine, physical therapy, kinesiology, exercise science, orthopedics, nutrition, physical education. Includes 670+ full-text journals; conference proceedings. 1930 to the present.

Embase   New!
Covers the most important international biomedical literature from 1947 to the present day with more than 32+ million records from 8,200 journals and ‘grey literature’ from over 2.4 million conference abstracts. Embase includes unique non-English content and coverage of the most important types of evidence, such as randomized controlled trials, controlled clinical trials, Cochrane reviews and meta-analyses.

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