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Occupational Therapy

EBP Resources

Use the following databases to help you locate journals articles on your topic of interest. 

Best bets are databases and journals Welder Library subscribes to or allows for open access. Please start your research using these resources. Other resources found are available through Welder Library or on the internet. However you are welcome to use our Interlibrary Loan service to request the article you are looking for. 

Best Bet 

CINAHL - CINAHL Complete is a comprehensive source of full-text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 1,300 journals indexed in CINAHL. This authoritative file contains full text for many of the most used journals in the CINAHL index, with no embargo. CINAHL Complete is a research tool for all areas of nursing & allied health literature.

Other Resources

AbleData - AbleData is a catalog of assistive technology devices from domestic and internationals manufacturers. Product descriptions include price and source company. 

Health People 2020 - This database offers access to professional information resources related to a broad range of community/populations heath topics. 

National Rehabilitation Information Data (Rehab Data) - The leading literature database on disability and rehabilitation. It also covers topics such as physical, mental, and psychiatric disabilities, independent living, vocational rehabilitation, special education, assistive technology, law, employment, and other issues as they relate to people with disabilities. 

OT Seeker - This resource assist occupational therapists access and integrate existing research evidence for generating information, clinical decision making and developing evidence based practice. It contains abstracts for systematic reviews, randomized controlled trials and other resources relevant to occupational therapy interventions.  

PEDro: Physiotherapy Evidence Database - The Physiotherapy Evidence Database has randomized trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy. 

Preventing Chronic Disease-Public Health Research, Practice and Policy - This database focuses on preventing and controlling chronic diseases and conditions. It promotes examining the biological, behavioral, physical, and social determinants of health and their impact on quality of life. 

Rehabilitation Measures Database - This site offers reliable and valid instrument used to assess patient outcomes during all phases of rehabilitation. It includes evidence based summaries that includes concise descriptions of each instruments's psychometric proprieties, instructions for administering and scoring each assessment as well as a representative bibliography with citations. 


  • Clinical Key - This clinical search engine includes books, journals, clinical guidelines and patient education evidence sources. 
  • PubMed - This free database supports the search and retrieve of biomedical and life sciences literature. 

Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines 

The following sources provide public access to peer-reviewed evidence from a board range of interdisciplinary sources synthesized into clinical guidelines.recommendations to support informed clinical-decision making and the provision of safe, effective, and quality driven health services across a board range of conditions.  

The following glossaries offer comprehensive reference lists of evidence-based practice terminology.  

  • AOTA - Evidence Based Practice Tools and Resources - This member only access site offers EBP tools and resources (critically appraised paper, critically appraised topics, clinical practice guidelines, etc) to: 
    • Guide and inform clinical decision making 
    • Share with clients who want to participate in the clinical decision making process Discuss the distinct value of occupational therapy intervention with external audiences, such as regularity agencies, third-party payers, referral sources, and program managers. 
    • Stimulate academic and continuing education, in-service programs, or journal clubs. 
    • Guide the development of clinical research projects 
  • Centre for Evidence Based Rehabilitation - This site give online access to the groups's critical appraisal forms and guidelines (quantitative and qualitative) as well as up to 2 systematic reviews by The McMaster University Occupational Therapy Evidence-Based Practice Research Group. 
  • National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR) - The scope of work of the NCDDR responds to NIDRR's concern for increasing the effective use of NIDRR-sponsored research results in shaping new technologies, improving service delivery, and expanding decision-making options for people with disabilities and their families.
  • OT Critically Appraised Topics (CATS) - This site contains CATs and CAPs focusing on occupations therapy interventions. 
  • Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice - This tutorial, from Duke University Medical Library, offers basic introduction to the principles of evidence-based practice.  
  • MOHO (Model of Human Occupation) WebThis site is a confidential online resource facilitating access and use of all the MOHO assessments and interventions that are supported for distribution through the University of Illinois at Chicago, 

Interlibrary Loan

The Welder Library Interlibrary Loan policy explains what you need to do set up an ILLIAD account. Once you set that up, you may log in and use the account for requesting resources not held at the Welder library. You will be able to:

  • Submit request(s)
  • Track request(s)
  • Check due dates
  • Renew items
  • View borrowing history
  • Access material delivered electronically   

University of Mary online campus students must use ILLIAD to request books and media held by Welder, or other libraries as well.  It is vital all students, both on campus and online campus, establish an ILLIAD account to obtain needed library materials.  Books and media requested by University of Mary online campus students will be forwarded to students by mail.  University of Mary online campus students are responsible for return postage to return the item to Welder Library.

Interlibrary Loan Borrowing Policy   

Note: Articles delivered to your ILLIAD account are only accessible for 30 days. After 30 days the software will display grayed out icons of article PDFs in your history, and you will no longer be able to access the article. If you need articles longer, you may want to keep a print or electronic copy when you first receive it.

For more information on ILLIAD, check out this Interlibrary Loan tutorial