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Occupational Therapy 311

LibGuide for first year OT class taught at Thomas Jefferson University

OT Search

OT Search contains bibliographic records for materials in the American Occupation Therapy Foundation's Wilma L. West Library: AOTA serial and monographic publications, non-AOTA journals about occupational therapy, and selected relevant articles from other specialty journals.

Early 1900s to present, updated weekly

1. http://library.jefferson.edu

2. Click on More

3. Click on O and then click on OT Search

Tips to remember when searching OT Search:

1. Use the OT thesaurus within OT Search. You can also view a PDF of the entire thesaurus.

2. Remember to use Boolean operators to help find precise phrase.

            Operators are useful in narrowing down your search strategy. You can use:

  • "Adj" to retrieve documents in which the second search term is adjacent to the first
  • "Near" to retrieve documents in which the second search term is found in the same sentence as the first
  • "With" to retrieve documents in which the second search term is found in the same sentence as the first term
  • "same" to retrieve documents containing the second search term in the same paragraph or subparagraph as the first search term
  • "not" to retrieve documents that contain the first search term but not the second term


Example: The title "The effects of occupational therapy with sensory integration emphasis on preschool-age children with autism" could be searched as follows: Occupational ADJ1 Therapy ADJ3 Integration

3. Use the $ for truncation for finding variations of root words (Example: toxi$ will retrieve toxic, toxicity, etc.)

4. Avoid stop words such as: a, and, no, with, etc. They will give you error messages