Physical Therapy Assistant Resources
Locating Information in Books
ValCat is the local online catalog for finding books.
WorldCat is a national online catalog for finding books.
Locating Magazine and Journal Articles for Physical Therapy Topics
PubMed is a free service of the National Library of Medicine, that provides access to over 11 million MEDLINE citations back to the mid-1960's and additional life science journals. PubMed also links to websites with full-text articles and resources.
PubMed is one of the best resources to find scholarly journal articles on just about any medical subject.
NOTE: You are able to limit the results AFTER the search presents the list of citations. There are options on the left side of the PubMed screen that allows you to limit by "Article type", "Free full text available", "Publication date", 'Humans", and "English" as the language. Many of the "systematic reviews" contain evidence-based information. The "Article type" selection allows you to choose "systematic reviews."
PubMed Tutorial: basics of how to use PubMed
CINAHL PLUS WITH FULL-TEXT Articles (Contains MANY more full-text articles than CINAHL Basic) (On-campus link)
OFF-Campus Link (Requires Delta username and password for access). Use the OFF-Campus link IF you are using WiFi.
"This is the world's most comprehensive nursing & allied health research databases, providing full text for more than 770 journals indexed in CINAHL, including many of the most-used journals in the index - with no embargo."
"Offering complete coverage of English-language nursing journals and publications from the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses' Association, CINAHL covers nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines."
PLEASE NOTE that you have the ability to select the "full-text" option for CINAHL PLUS in order to retrieve "full-text" articles, only. Although, there are many more full-text (entire) articles within CINAHL PLUS than CINAHL Basic, there remains A LOT of records that are just citations within CINAHL PLUS.
Cochrane Library: is considered by many to be one of the BEST online resources for finding scholarly evidence based practice information. It is a specialized, expensive resource. Delta Library does NOT have access to this fee-based database. However, Saginaw Valley State University DOES have this resource. The public can access any of SVSU's databases, including the Cochrane Library database, by approaching the SVSU Reference Desk and asking them to help you log in to their computers. The Cochrane Library contains long scholarly literature reviews on all kinds of medical subjects.
The Cochrane Library website provides a search box that allows you to search the Cochrane Library database for free. A very short summary of the article is provided, but NO full-text of the article is presented. The URL is http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/cochranelibrary/search/. This free search capability allows you to get some idea of what the Cochrane Library can provide.
PEDro is the Physiotherapy Evidence Database. It is a "free database of over 16,000 randomized trials, systematic reviews, and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy." Basically, PEDro is a very good INDEX to "randomized trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy." Whatever links to full-text articles that are presented, links to PubMed.
Centre for Reviews and Dissemination is a department of the University of York and is part of the National Institute for Health Research. CRD undertakes high quality systematic reviews that evaluate the effects of health and social care interventions and the delivery and organization of health care. This organization produces DARE, NHS EED, and HTA databases (look at the tabs near the top of the web page) . DARE, NHS EED, and HTA databases are similar to PEDro.
Trip Database is a clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice. TRIP is a pretty straight-forward database. Basically, this is an index that leads to other indexes, like DARE and PubMed.
InfoTrac is known more for being a general magazine database that leads students to articles in magazines such as Newsweek and Time, BUT InfoTrac will present full-text articles from some physical therapy publications such as Physical Therapy and PT: Magazine of Physical Therapy.
AMA Citation Style (Format for Citing Articles, Books, and More)
How to Email a CINAHL Plus Article (to your professor)
Updated October 2013