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Occupational Therapy

ATTENTION: This research guide was last modified on September 09, 2008, before the January 2012 redesign of the library's home page. Information on how to access journal articles, databases, and other library resources may be inaccurate or outdated.

For up-to-date instructions on accessing materials, please visit our tutorial pages instead.

Contact Information

Naomi Moy
nmoy@csudh.edu
(310)-243-2086
LIB SOUTH 2037L

Navigation

Getting Started

Books

Relevant Call Numbers

Finding Journal Articles at CSUDH

Off-Campus Access

Databases

The Internet

Career Websites

Citing your Sources


Getting Started

To start your research, use the resources below or begin with the the CSUDH Library web page found at : http://library.csudh.edu/

The resources listed under the category of Online Article Indexes are available from on-campus computers or by remote access to registered CSUDH students. Please use your myCSUDH username and password to access these databases. 



Books

Books are located using the Library's ToroFind catalog. Here you can search for books by author, title or subject. In addition to finding materials available in the CSUDH Library, you will find links that allow you to directly request books from other libraries (All CSUs Catalog and LINK+ buttons). Links are provided below for other local libraries and libraries worldwide.

  • ToroFind : CSUDH Online Catalog is used to find books and other materials available in the CSUDH Library.
  • Ebrary is a growing collection of electronic books on a variety of topics geared to academic libraries and college students. Use the link to access this database. Ebrary books available are listed in the ToroFind Catalog. If you are using this database for the first time, download the eBrary reader.

If you are unable to locate a book in the CSUDH Collection, try these links:

  • WorldCat using the CSUDH Library link allows you to request a book using a union catalog of participating libraries in the United States (and worldwide). You must first register using your myCSUDH username and password.  This is the easiest method of requesting a book because the form will populate with the correct information, and all you need to do is login and submit the request.
  • ToroFind has an "All CSU's Catlog" button for books availabe in the 23 libraries of the California State University. Search for the book and click on this button. Highlight a library name and click on the "Request This Item" button. You must be registered with the CSUDH Library to use this service.
  • Interlibrary Loan a book using a request form . You will need to first set up your account.  You supply us accurate information, and our system will find a U.S. library that can supply the book.  Most books are available unless they are reserve books, reference books, special collections materials, or only available outside the U.S.
  • Library of Congress Online Catalog


Relevant Call Numbers
  • RC487 -- Occupational Therapy and Mental Health.
  • RJ53 -- Occupational Therapy and Children.
  • RM700+ -- Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, Therapeutic Exercise, Therapeutic Recreation.
  • RM735 -- Occupational Therapy
  • RM930-931 -- Behavioral Principles as related to Rehabilitation.



Finding Journal Articles at CSUDH

You can get journal articles by going to the library home page and clicking the Journal Articles & Electronic Resources link under the "Find Journal Articles Now" heading. Click the heading that sounds the most like your situation.

Once you are in a database, you can start to search for your article. All databases' search options are slightly different, but they usually include several search boxes you can fill out. Most databases will also let you search only for peer-reviewed or scholarly journals. For your research papers, you will want to make sure you check this option!

Articles which you can read in that database will have a link to the PDF full text or the HTML full text. Click on that text link to read the article. Some databases also let you e-mail yourself the files by clicking on an e-mail link.

Some articles will say "Check Availability of Complete Article" instead of having links to the full text. If you see this, it means the text of that article is not in the database you are searching. But don't worry! By clicking the link which says this, you can see a list of which databases do have the full text. If there are no databases containing the article you want, you can request it via Inter-Library Loan .



Off-Campus Access

If you are using a computer that is on campus, you can access all of our electronic databases and ebooks without any further steps. Just click on the database name in the Database List and you will be sent immediately to the search screen.

If you are off campus, you will need to log in using your myCSUDH username and password to access our databases.  This includes access to our individual journal titles and the CSUDH version of WorldCat.



Databases

 

  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text is a nursing and allied health database which includes indexing for occupational therapy topics. It indexes over 3,000 journals dating back to 1937, with full text for over 335 journals. Note that Occupational Therapy can be highlighted under the "Special Interest" category to find articles with an occupational therapy focus.
  • Cochrane Library is a collection of evidence-based medicine databases, including The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. It includes many articles of interest to OT.
  • ERIC is a database for education broadly defined. If the focus is on children or students, try this database.
  • General Science Full Text is a partial full text database, containing both popular magazines and professional journals in the field of science.
  • Health Source Nursing Academic has full text journal articles for nursing, medicine, and other areas of health.
  • MEDLINE (EBSCOhost) covers all aspects of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health care systems, and more. It's coverage is international and it focuses on research. There are some links to full text.
  • OT Bibliographic System (OT Search) is a bibliographic database covering the literature of occupational therapy and related subject areas. Although it indexes over 50 journals, the full text of the indexed resources is not included in this database. See the topic of "Locating a Specific Journal Article" below or use the CSUDH Journals List to check if the Library has the full text of the article.
  • OTseeker: Occupational Therapy Systematic Evaluation of Evidence contains abstracts of systemic review and randomized controlled trials relevant to occupational therapy. Use the CSUDH Journals List to check for the full text of the articles available to CSUDH students and faculty.
  • ProQuest Nursing Journals and ProQuest Medical Library are two databases that can be searched simultaneously for articles in medicine and health.
  • PsycINFO is the primary index for the literature of psychology. It has citations and abstracts for journal articles, book chapters, books, technical reports, and dissertations. Some links are available for full-text articles, especially for journals published by the American Psychological Association.
  • PubMed Central is a full text, free archive of life sciences materials.
  • Science Direct contains current comprehensive coverage of all fields of science.
  • SocINDEX with Full Text is a comprehensive sociology research database that offers coverage from all sub disciplines of sociology, including criminology, cultural sociology, demography, economic development, ethnic & racial studies, gender studies, politics, social psychology, social structure, urban studies, welfare, and others. It includes full text for 235 "core" journals, as well as full text for books and conference papers.
  • WilsonWeb: Omni Full Text Mega includes indexing of journals with information in geriatrics, biomedical engineering, social and general sciences, and education.


The Internet

Scholarly Internet Research

Remember, not all web sites are created equally. Some sites can be valid sources of information, but others are filled with opinion represented as fact. While there isn't a 100% effective way to figure out what kind of site you're looking at, here are some guidelines to follow when using the internet for research:

  • Check Credibility - Is it easy to figure out who's behind the information? Does whomever it is know what they're talking about? Do they have qualifications in the field or some other reason to be trust-worthy in it?
  • Check Accuracy - Are the sources cited well? Is the information up-to-date? Are there any broad, sweeping generalisations that are impossible to verify?
  • Check Reasonableness - What is the page's point-of-view? Is it a corporate page trying to sell you a product? Is it a government or educational site where the main purpose is to educate people?
  • Check Support - Is it possible to double-check the information in another location?

Useful Scholarly Websites

INFOMINE is a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It contains useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information.

The Librarians' Internet Index aims to provide a well-organized point of access for reliable, trustworthy, librarian-selected websites, serving California, the nation, and the world. All links on the Index are selected and approved by librarians before inclusion.

For more information, check out our guide on Evaluating Web Resources



Career Websites


Citing your Sources

What is plagiarism? - Plagiarism is "The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft." (OED)

In essence, when you quote or paraphrase from somebody else's work without citing it, you are plagiarizing their work. Plagiarism is a serious matter, and could result in a lower or failing grade and even in your expulsion from university. Just rewording your work isn't enough to avoid plagiarism. Since you are still borrowing information heavily from another writer, you still need to include a citation.

But I didn't know! - Ignorance of the law is unfortunately no excuse. You can commit plagiarism without meaning to, and it's just as serious a problem if you do.

How can I avoid it? - You can avoid plagiarism by always citing your sources . Whenever you put a quotation or borrow information heavily from a source, be sure you include a citation in the proper APA style. This will let your professor know you aren't trying to pass the idea off as your own. Taking detailed notes on where you get your information helps a lot with this, since it prevents you from forgetting which is your own work and which is borrowed from others.

For more information, see your student handbook and this handout by Sheela Pawar at CSUDH

Click here for our tutorial on citing sources.