OTBS 46500 and OTMS 56500:Occupational Therapy Research Seminar

Learning Outcomes

  • Today you will explore methods that you can use to select the best sources of evidence-based information
  • By the end of class you will have the skills to construct an advanced search in article  databases and a dissertation database
  • By the end of class you will have an understanding of various search filters that will help you limit and fine-tune your search

Best Bets

Meta-Search Databases
EBSCO Research Library
Search accross multiple EBSCO databases
Dissertations & Theses Global (ProQuest)  
Full-Text access to dissertations and theses. 
ProQuest Research Library
Includes education and health journals

Subject Specific Databases
CINAHL
This is a great tool for finding education, health promotion, and psychosocial health articles along with research articles.
PsycINFO
This is a great tool for finding the psychology literature from 1887 to present.
MEDLINE (EBSCO)
This is a great tool for finding the biomedical research literature.
ERIC (Ebsco interface)
This is a great tool for finding articles about education.
SocINDEX with Full Text
This is a great tool for finding sociology articles.
AgeLine
This is a great tool for finding articles in the field of aging.
 

Google Scholar

Do a title search in Google Scholar  to see who has cited that article. Clicking on the "Cited by" link allows you to look at articles that have cited the article you found.


Professor Wilkinson

Child Development



1. loose parts play or recess or outdoor play or free play or unstructured play or active play or fantasy play or functional play or dramatic play or pretend play or playground or play space or plaything

2. Child development or spiritual development or emotional well-being or social skills or creativity or psychological well being or social interaction

3. research or trend*

Academic Success


1. loose parts play or recess or outdoor play or free play or unstructured play or active play or fantasy play or functional play or dramatic play or pretend play or playground or play space or plaything

2.  academic achievement or academic performance or academic success

3. research or trend*

If you want to focus on the concept of "loose parts" only, try this:

1. loose parts
2. play* or recess or recreation

Participatory Action Research 

1. "Participatory Action Research"
2. child*
3. play* or recess

Search Strategy: Professor Cozzolino

Kelsey


1. deaf or hard of hearing or hearing loss or hearing impairment or hearing impaired
2. access to healthcare or access to health care or access to health service or health access
3. united states 


1. deaf or hard of hearing or hearing loss or hearing impairment or hearing impaired
2. occupational therap*


Samantha


1. residential facilities or group homes
2. activities of daily living or adl or occupational performance
3. staff or paraprofessional or para-professional or support staff


1. residential facilities or group homes
2. training or barriers or obstacles or challenges
3. paraprofessional or para-professional or support staff


Jamie



1. lgbtq or transgender or lgbt or trans
2. occupational therap* or activities of daily living or ADL

Emily


1. people with disabilities or disabled people
2. human rights or equality or civil rights
3. barrier* OR hurdle* OR discrimin* OR attitudes towards disabilit*



Hannah 

1.  hospice or palliative care or end of life care or terminal care
2. activities of daily living or adl or occupational performance


Rebecca 


1. "complementary and alternative medicine" or "integrative medicine" or "complementary alternative and integrative medicine" or complementary health approaches and integrative health

 —— ADD things like:yoga or meditation or lifestyle medicine or massage or acupunture or art therapy (and on and on...)
2. occupational therap*

Alexandra 




1. trauma or ptsd or post-traumatic stress disorder  -- can add in other things like child abuse or sexual abuse 
2. child*
3.  occupational therap*
 

Search Strategies: Professor Long (Spring 18)

Older Adult use of Technology

EBSCO Databases: 
Search over 40 different databases



1.  adult* or elderly or senior* or senior citizen* or geriatric* or aged
2. technology or tablet or mobile phone or smartphone or cell phone
3. cognit* or dementia or alzheimer's
4. occupational therap*

Be sure to limit to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global: Find full-text dissertations and theses which will have excellent literature reviews 


1.  adult* or elderly or senior* or senior citizen* or geriatric* or aged
2. technology or tablet or mobile phone or smartphone or cell phone
3. cognit* or dementia or alzheimer's
4. occupational therap*


 

Search Strategies: Professor Scott

Competencies and clinical use of evidence based upper extremity motor recovery interventions by OT practitioners when working with individuals after stroke



1. upper extremity or upper limb or hand or arm or elbow or shoulder
2. stroke or cerebrovascular accident or cva
3. motor recovery
4. occupational therap*


What are the barriers and facilitators of incorporating evidence based strategies into practice

1. barriers or obstacles or challenges or facilitators 
2. evidence based practice or ebp
3. occupational therap*

Search Strategies: Professor Dorsey

Addressing the special needs of aging workers in manufacturing plants



1. employment of older people or aging worker* or aging workforce or ageing worker* or ageing workforce or older worker* 
2. factories or manufacturing plant* or manufacturing industr* 
 


Addressing the special needs of aging workers in manufacturing plants, and ideas for wellness programming




1. employment of older people or aging worker* or aging workforce or ageing worker* or ageing workforce or older worker* 
2. wellness or wellbeing or quality of work life or human comfort


General injury prevention in manufacturing plants (this would include identifying risks, education, ergonomic interventions)



1. injur* or accident* 
2. factories or manufacturing plant* or manufacturing industr* 
3. education or prevention 
 

Search Strategies: Professor Heffron



Therapist with Disabilities
"occupational therap* with disab*" OR "occupational therap* with a disab*" OR "occupational practitioner* with disab*" OR "occupational practitioner* with a disab*" OR "disabled occupational therap*" OR "disabled occupational practitioner*" OR “therapist with a disability” OR “therapists with disabilities” OR  “disabled therapist*” OR “medical personnel with disab*” OR “medical personnel with a disability” OR “disabled medical personnel” OR “health professionals with disabilities” OR “health professional with a disability” OR “disabled health professional*” OR "medical professionals with disabilities" OR “medical professional with a disability” OR “disabled medical professional*”

Employment
employment of disabled or work* or job* or employ* or vocation* or occupation

OTHER IDEAS
Barriers
barrier* OR hurdle* OR discrimin* OR attitudes towards disabilit*
Legal Issues
legal OR law* OR labor law* OR legislation OR ADA OR american disabilities act
Support
universal design OR support OR inclusion OR accessibility


Search term ideas for EBSCO Research Library, Dissertation & Theses, and Proquest Research Library:

EVERYTHING TOGETHER
"occupational therap* with disab*" OR "occupational therap* with a disab*" OR "occupational practitioner* with disab*" OR "occupational practitioner* with a disab*" OR "disabled occupational therap*" OR "disabled occupational practitioner*" OR “therapist with a disability” OR “therapists with disabilities” OR  “disabled therapist*” OR “medical personnel with disab*” OR “medical personnel with a disability” OR “disabled medical personnel” OR “health professionals with disabilities” OR “health professional with a disability” OR “disabled health professional*” OR "medical professionals with disabilities" OR “medical professional with a disability” OR “disabled medical professional*” 


OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST/PRACTITIONER
"occupational therap* with disab*" OR "occupational therap* with a disab*" OR "occupational practitioner* with disab*" OR "occupational practitioner* with a disab*" OR "disabled occupational therap*" OR "disabled occupational practitioner*"

THERAPIST
“therapist with a disability” OR “therapists with disabilities” OR  “disabled therapist*”

MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
“medical personnel with disab*” OR “medical personnel with a disability” OR “disabled medical personnel” OR “health professionals with disabilities” OR “health professional with a disability” OR “disabled health professional*” OR "medical professionals with disabilities" OR “medical professional with a disability” OR “disabled medical professional*” 


Three search ideas for Google Scholar
* note: There is a character limit in Google Scholar, so you must search each group separately 

1. “occupational therapists with disabilities” OR “occupational therapist with a disability” OR "occupational practitioners with disabilities” OR “occupational practitioner with a disability” OR "disabled occupational therapists"

2. “therapist with a disability” OR “therapists with disabilities” OR “disabled therapist”

3.“medical personnel with disabilities” OR “medical personnel with a disability” OR “disabled medical personnel” OR “health professionals with disabilities” OR “health professional with a disability” OR “disabled health professional” OR "medical professionals with disabilities” OR “medical professional with a disability” OR “disabled medical professional”

Search Strategy: Professor Johnson

EBSCO Research Library


1. "pet therap*" or "animal assisted therap*" or "human pet bonding" or "animal therap*"
2. learning or education or engag*
3. student or college* or universit* or higher ed* or school

Dissertations & Theses Global



1. "pet therap*" or "animal assisted therap*" or "human pet bonding" or "animal therap*"
2. learning or education or engag*
3. student or college* or universit* or higher ed* or school

Other Search Term Ideas
AAI OR animal assisted intervention OR AAT OR animal assisted therapy OR AAA OR animal animal activity OR AAE OR animal assisted education

 

Search Strategies: Professor Long (Spring 17)



1. "Epistemic and ontological cognition" or Epistem* or epistemic cognition -- Ab
2.  health science* student* or healthcare student* or health profession* student* or nursing student* or medical student* or or med student* or  pharmacolog* student or chiropract* student or OT students or occupational therapy student* -- Ab




1. "Epistemic and ontological cognition" or Epistem* or epistemic cognition -- Ti
2. education or learning or student* -- Ab
3. health -- Ab




1.  "Epistemic and ontological cognition" or Epistem* or epistemic cognition -- Ab
2. student attitude* -- Ab 


1. "Epistemic and ontological cognition" or epistem* or epistemic cognition
2. "faculty attitude*" or "teacher attitude*" or "professor attitude*" or "teacher expectation*" or "faculty expectation*" or "professor expectation*"
 

Search Strategy: Professor Dennis

EBSCO Research Library

1. mobility OR motor OR move* OR locomotion  OR immobil*
2. robot*
3. infant OR child* OR toddler*
4. developmental disabilit* OR motiva*


Dissertations & Theses

1. mobility OR motor OR move* OR locomotion  OR immobil*
2. robot*
3. infant OR child* OR toddler*
4. developmental disabilit* OR motiva*


Proquest Research Library


1. mobility OR motor OR move* OR locomotion  OR immobil*
2. robot*
3. infant OR child* OR toddler*
4. developmental disabilit* OR motiva*
 

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