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OT 667: Research Methods: Getting Started

Research resources for students enrolled in UAB's OT 667 course.


Welcome to the Lister Hill Library research guide for students conducting literature searches on OT-related topics. The tabs above will take you to page with helpful information on searching:

Google Scholar
OT Search 

Below are some tutorials and information that will help you as you search. To access additional OT-related resources, go to the Lister Hill Library website, click Databases on the green horizontal bar, and select Occupational Therapy from the category drop-down menu in the top left.

Working Off Campus

Access UAB Libraries electronic resources through the library website and use your Blazer ID/password to log in from off campus. Look for and click this button to find full text:

Tips for Search Success


Brainstorm possible search terms

  • Break up long phrases into separate search terms
  • Watch this narrated tutorial to learn more about how to select search keywords

Build search statements using AND, OR, and sometimes, NOT

  • Learn more about Boolean operators with this tutorial
  • AND narrows your search, OR broadens it

Choose appropriate resources

  • Consider books and e-books for background information. Articles can provide more current information and answer specific patient-related questions. Use articles to find evidence for evidence-based healthcare.
  • PubMed and CINAHL are typically good databases to start with for finding peer-reviewed biomedical articles.

Keep a log of your search process

  • If you're working on a larger-scale project, keep track of what databases and search terms "work" and which ones do not. This will keep you focused and organized as you search. 

Use Help links in databases

  • Each database searches differently. Explore the support information provided in a database if you aren't sure about the best way to enter your search statement.

Ask a Librarian if you get stuck!

Boolean Operators

This 4-minute tutorial explains more how to use Boolean operators (AND, OR, and NOT) to build a search statement.

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