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.


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*
 

Search Strategies: Professor Gitlow

Positioning and seating in classrooms of college students

EBSCO Databases: 
Search over 40 different databases



1. student* or classroom or educational environment or school* or universit* or college*
2. chair or furniture or seating or sitting or posture or seating arrangement or seat comfort
3. ergonomic* or anthropometry or design or equipment design

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. student* OR classroom OR educational environment OR school* OR universit* OR college*
2. chair OR furniture OR seating OR sitting OR posture OR seating arrangement OR seat comfort
3. ergonomic* OR anthropometry OR equipment design

Search Strategies: Professor Long



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 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 Strategies: Professor Dorsey

 
1. sitting
2. stretch*
3. workstation or work environment or ergonomic*

1. sitting
2. stretch* or exercis* or physical activity or movement or resistance training or resistance activity or desk exercis*
3. workstation or work environment or ergonomic*

1. sitting
2. stretch* or exercis* or physical activity or movement or resistance training or resistance activity or desk exercis*
3. workstation or work environment or ergonomic*
4. sedentary 


1. sitting

2. stretch* or exercis* or physical activity or movement or resistance training or resistance activity or desk exercis*
3. workstation or work environment or ergonomic*
4. bmi or body mass index or obesity or overweight or cardiovascular or diabetes or metabolism

EBSCO Research Library


 

Dissertations & Theses




 

Search Strategy: Professor Cozzolino


soldier* or combat or military or veteran*
occupational therap* or activities of daily living 
civilian or citizen  



heroin or methadone or substance abuse or narcotic* or cocaine or alcoholism or drug dependance or drug addict* or drug rehab*
occupational therap* 


guide dog* or working dog* or service animal* or animals as aids
occupational therap* or adls or adl or activit* of daily living or IADL or instrument* of daily living 



lgbt or lesbian or gay or bisexual or homosexual or transgender or queer or LGBTQ
occupational therap*


mental health or mental* ill* or mental disorder
occupational therap*
acute care or inpatient care or intensive care or hospital care 

 

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

 

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