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Occupational Therapy

Welcome: Use this guide to help support the research needs of the students, faculty and staff in the program.

  • Find an EBM article
  • Manage your references[how to]
  • Answer your research questions
  • Find a resource most likely to answer your question
  • Provide Consultations/Ask for help
  • Search the Literature for Research Articles
  • Explain MeSH vs Keyword searching
  • Find material for a Poster Presentation

What is Evidence Based Practice:

Evidence-based practice (EBP) is based on the integration of critically appraised research results with the clinical expertise, and the client’s preferences, beliefs and values...

The American Occupational Therapy Association, I. (2017). Evidence-Based Practice & Research. Retrieved from


Key Elements In Any Literature Search Strategy

1.Specify the search topic
2.Prepare an initial search strategy
3.Select a database (Ovid/MedLine, CINAHL, PubMed,Web of Science)
4.Execute the search
5.Evaluate the references
6.Rework the strategy if warranted

DATABASES: Interfaces are constantly being changed, revised and updated!

Jul 26, 2019

Why Search with (MeSH)

  When searching a National Library of medicine database (Medline), why is it preferable to use Medical Subject Heading (MESH) instead of a natural language term (textword)?
  • A textword search only retrieves articles containing exact word matches in the title or abstract of an article.
  • Using a MeSH term retrieves articles about the subject, and does not rely only on an exact word match. 
  • Synonyms are automatically included when MeSH terms are used to search.
  • Searching for leg as a textword retrieves only articles containing the word leg.
  • Searching for leg as a MeSH term retrieves leg, ankle, foot, hip, knee, thigh.
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Boolean logic (AND, OR, and NOT)


How to construct more tailored searches using Boolean logic (AND, OR, and NOT)

No matter which search engine, the principles of Boolean operators are consistent.

Introduction to Boolean Logic

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