Physical Therapy Resources: Databases
Core Databases for Physical Therapy Students
Additional Physical Therapy Databases
Additional Medical & Interdisciplinary Resources
Why use multiple databases?
Different databases focus on different areas of the literature, particularly so in physical therapy. Two recent studies point to the need to use multiple databases for, "comprehensive coverage of the physical therapy discipline. "(Fell, et al., p. 202)
- Michaleff, ZA, et al. CENTRAL, PEDro, PubMed, and EMBASE are the Most Comprehensive Databases Indexing Randomized Controlled Trials of Physical Therapy Interventions. Physical Therapy, 91 (2), February, 2011, pp. 190-197
- Fell, DW, et al. Mapping the Core Journals of the Physical Therapy Literature. J Med Libr Assoc, 99 (3), July, 2011, pp. 202-207
Anatomy & Physiology Databases
Aids for Organizing Your Search
Use this guide to help visualize and plan your search:
- Purdue Libraries' Constructing a Search Statement handout
Use this log to keep your search organized and to document your search strategy for reporting:
Learn More about Using Databases
Don't forget, Ask-a-Librarian when you have difficulty finding what you're looking for in a database.
Don't forget, many databases have a link to help files as part of their search screens.
Boolean (boo'-le-an) searching helps you find less (narrows) or find more (broadens) results when you search in many databases and Web search engines. Boolean searching depends on the use of three terms: AND, OR, and NOT. Enter these terms in ALL CAPS because many search engines are case sensitive for these terms.
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