OTMS 62600: Professional Practice in Community

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EBSCO Research Library
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ProQuest Research Library
Includes health and education journals

Subject Databases
This is a great tool for finding primary biomedical journal articles with links to some full-text. Be sure to use the many helpful limiters such as: gender, age, publication type and clinical queries.
This is a great tool for finding education, health promotion, and psychosocial health articles along with research articles. Be sure to use the many limiters such as: gender, age, publication type and clinical queries.
ERIC (Ebsco interface)
The premier education database including bibliographic citations, abstracts, and some full-text for journal articles, research and technical reports, conference papers and proceedings, program descriptions, teaching guides, and lesson plans.
Indexes and abstracts journal articles and book chapters in the field of psychology, 1887 to present.
SocINDEX with Full Text
A comprehensive sociological research database.

Needs Assessments

Royse, D., & Ebrary, Inc. (2009). Needs Assessment David Royse ... [et al.]. (Ebrary (Collection)). New York: Oxford University Press.
-- Chapter 5: Writing the Needs Assessment

Peterson, D., Alexander, G., & Ebrary, Inc. (2001). Needs assessment in public health a practical guide for students and professionals / Donna J. Petersen and Greg R. Alexander. (Ebrary (Collection)). New York: Kluwer Academic.


Search Strategies

To find community based information, try searching something like this:
  1. "needs assessment" or community research or community based participatory research or community health services or community assessment
  2. occupational therap* or "occupational health"
  3. unemploy* or workforce or employment or job*​  
  • Limit your topic to the “TI Title”, “AB Abstract”, “SU Subject”, "MW Word in Subject Heading (if in CINAHL or Medline)
  • Using the "*" to broaden a term and find different endings: occupational therapy; occupational therapist; occupational therpeutics
  • Review the subject headings as a way to find new terms to search: Community Assessment; Community Health Services

To find "trends" in the literature try searching something like this:

1. occupational therap* or occupational health
2. research or trend*
3. evidence based practice or EBP


American Occupational Therapy Foundation
  • Scholarship Program >> Instructions >> You will find the deadline date here.
  • Research Grant Program: You can find information on how to apply for an AOTF grant, and past recipients of grants. It might be helpful to look at what was funded in the past couple of years to get a sense of research trends.  
Foundation Center
  • See Below

US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Search forecasted HHS Grants: Look at Eligibility, Agency, Category. Or try a keyword search (i.e. refugee)
National Institute of Health
  • Try a keyword search
New York State 
  • Search "Grants" in the search box to get information about grants in NYS
The Ithaca College's writing guide to proposals and grant writing

Directions for using the Foundation Center

-- Sign up for a newsletter: Pick areas that might be interesting for this assignment to learn about possible funding sources.

-- Under the “Get Started” Menu, go to the “Topical Resource List” which is under "Get Answers" and select an area/topic (i.e. Health -- There are a few areas with health based information)

-- Under “Gain Knowledge” Menu, go to “Research” to get some statistical information and reporting on foundation stats and grant trends. Lots of pretty infographics in national and regional trends!
  • Foundation Stats: Try selecting "Health" or "Human Services"  in the subject area; Select a Population Group; Select NYS. From here, sort the results by grants, foundations, recipients.  
  • Natinal Trends: Look at the "Key Facts on U.S. Foundations". Try clicking on the Foundation Focus, Grant Focus (priorities), or Grant Focus. 
  • Regional Trends: Go to the Community Foundation Atlas which is a comprehensive directory of the world's community foundations.

-- Go to “Find Funders” to go to funding information such as Foundation Finder (try searching a zip code) or 990 Finder (to find information that funders file with IRS); Identify Funding Sources -- Request for Proposals (RFPs).

Contact Us

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Laura Kuo

Health Sciences Librarian
(607) 274-1197

Search Argos

Demographic and Community Research

  • American Fact Finder: Type in a zipcode to get a snapshot of community facts.
  • Kaiser State Health Facts : Click on NYS and find information about OT services in Medicaid Benefits
  • Ithaca Business Directory: Ithaca Chamber of Commerce Directory. Useful for finding local business with addresses. Look at: Health Care
  • Healthy People 2020: Try the "data" search. Pick a topic (i.e. adolescent health) to get a baseline of how that objective has improved or worsened over time.

Educational Tool Development

Creating Graphics


Flecky, K. & Gitlow, L. (2011). Service-Learning in Occupational Therapy Education: Philosophy and practice. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

Kielhofner, G. (2006). Research in occupational therapy: Methods of inquiry for enhancing practice. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. [Ordered ebook on 1/14/15]

Manchanda, R. (2013). The Upstream Doctors: Medical Innovators Track Sickness to its Source. TED BOOKS.

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