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Occupational Therapy: Specific OT Classes

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Specific OT Classes

Tips for your Health Conditions Analysis papers: 

  • For your journal article sources, search the databases listed on the main page of this libguide.
    • The START HERE box is a good place to start for both papers. 
    • The Medical Databases box is more helpful for the physical condition.
      • DynaMed is a fantastic resource for this assignment. However, it would not count as one of your journal article sources. DynaMed's information is intended for healthcare practitioners to use at the point of care. It combines recommendations based on strong scientific evidence, but it's not a primary research source. 
      • MedlinePlus is also a good source, but would not count as a journal article source. It's intended to explain health conditions to patients and their families, not healthcare professionals. It would be a great source for your Resources for Additional Information section. 
    • The Psychology Databases box is more helpful for the mental health condition. 
  • For definitions, background, symptoms, etc., start with reference books instead of journal articles. Reference books are better for these big-picture overviews. 
    • Mental health: the DSM-V is the gold standard for mental health conditions. Print copies are available at both the Gainesville and the Norcross library. If you're not able to come to campus, contact a librarian for assistance. 
    • Physical conditions: Black's Medical Dictionary or DynaMed (see main page Medical Databases box) are good starting points. 
  • For prevalence and statistics, try searching government websites like the CDC Diseases & Conditions page

Still not finding what you need? Contact your librarian! Contact information is in the profile box on this page. 

Tips for your annotated bibliography on interprofessional care teams: 

  • Search the databases listed on the main page of this libguide.
    • CINAHL Plus is a good starting point, or Nursing & Allied Health Database.
    • Select "Advanced Search" before you start searching. This will let you combine search terms.
  • Combine search terms
    • In the first search box, type interprofessional
    • In the second search box, type words that describe your preferred population or setting. Example: if your capstone project is about children, type pediatric OR child OR adolescent. If your project is about rural healthcare settings, type rural
    • This should look for articles about interprofessional care in your preferred population/setting. 
  • Skim the search results and assess what you're finding.
    • Tons of relevant-seeming search results? You have the luxury of narrowing it further. Options:
      • Look for OT-specific articles
        • Add another search box. Look for occupational therapist OR ot in the third search box, along with the terms you already tried. Note: you may find zero search results when you narrow it that much. That is okay. Your articles aren't required to talk about OTs specifically--this would just be a nice extra if they're available.
      • Filter to peer-reviewed only
        • Go to the filters on the left. Filter to peer-reviewed articles only. (Note: in CINAHL you have to click Show More under the publication date filter to get this option)
      • Filter to full-text only
        • Go to the filters on the left. Filter to full-text articles to show items with immediate access. (Note: the library can help you access articles that we don't own in full-text).
    • Not enough relevant-seeming articles?
      • Think of alternative or broader terms to describe your setting/population.
      • If there's even one relevant-seeming article, open it and read its first couple pages. This might be called introduction, background, or literature review. They will probably mention other articles on similar topics. 
      • Contact your librarian for help. Contact information is on this page.

Clear Communication

Links on Health Literacy, Promotion, & Education

World Health Organization

Health Statistics

AOTA Statements and Resources



Your OT Librarian

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Emily Thornton
Gainesville Campus, Trustee Library
625 Academy St NE Gainesville, GA 30501
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3139 Campus Dr Norcross, GA 30071
(770) 531-3165