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OT 100S: Structural Foundations of Occupational Therapy



Erin Burns




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CINAHL (Cumulative Index for Nursing and Allied Health)


Comprehensive Coverage of nursing and allied health journals. Also includes references to relevant books, chapters, nursing dissertations, association publications, educational software, research instruments, and selected conference proceedings. Coverage from 1982-present. Upadtes: Monthly.


ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health Journals

A full text database subset of CINAHL, including only 300 full-text journals that are licensed to ProQuest. Coverage is typically from 1996, with a few titles prior to that date. Includes OT Practice.


PubMed (Medline)


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NEW: ICE Video Library

From the database's own description: they are "the leading innovator and provider of high-quality creative educational resources for healthcare professionals and educators. Our continuing ed and university programs are professionally filmed and feature actual patients and clinicians demonstrating practical and effective treatment ideas. FounderJan Davis, MS, OTR/L is an internationally recognized leader in providing clinical training to occupational therapists, physical therapists and assistants."

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e-journal search example

To find specific journals, click on the E-JOURNAL tab in the START HERE box on the front page, and then search for the title of the journal that you want, or type in "occupational therapy" and search for titles of journals.

Examples of OT Journals:

  • OT Practice
  • American Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy now
  • Occupational Thearapy and rehabilitation



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