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    Library Databses for PT literature searching
    • CINAHL Plus with Full Text   Is the world’s most comprehensive source of full text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 520 journals indexed in CINAHL. Of those, 240 are not found with full text in any version of Academic Search, Health Source, or Nursing & Allied Health Collection. This authoritative file contains full text for many of the most used journals in the CINAHL index - with no embargo. With full-text coverage dating back to 1982, CINAHL with Full Text is the definitive research tool

    • Web of Science  Access the world’s leading scholarly literature in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities

    •  PubMed - Published by the National Library of Medicine, PubMed provides over 20 million to the world's biomedical literature from 1966 to the present, including Pre-1966 and pre-publication citations provided by publisher partners. Full Text articles can be accessed from freely accessible articles, or articles from journals that we have a subscription to, or procees with more options to get articles on Inter Library Loan.


       Other secondary Databses to search for PT literature

    • ProQuest  Is another databse to look for for information in a wide variety of fields. It helps to look here when the subjects overlap like with psychology or Social work

    • JSTOR   Useful for indexing coverage of health policy, health sciences,  and health economics journals going back to the early 1900's, with some full text  coverage of journals such as American Journal of Nursing.  Keep in mind JSTOR is an archives; consult the "Find Journals" service to locate  current issues. 

    • Academic Search Complete (EBSCO) Academic Search Complete, designed specifically for academic institutions, is the world's largest scholarly, multi-disciplinary full text database containing full text for nearly 4,600 scholarly publications, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed publications. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for all 8,052 journals in the collection.




Non GSU Resources


The ABLEDATA database contains information on more than 29,000 assistive technology products (over 19,000 of which are currently available), from white canes to voice output programs.  The database contains detailed descriptions of each product including price and company information.  The database also contains information on non-commercial prototypes, customized and one-of-a-kind products, and do-it-yourself designs.  To select devices most appropriate to your needs, we suggest combining ABLEDATA information with professional advice, product evaluations, and hands-on product trials.

CHID Combined Health Information Database CHID is a bibliographic database produced by health-related agencies of the Federal Government. This database provides titles, abstracts, and availability information for health information and health education resources.  CHID lists a wealth of health promotion and education materials and program descriptions that are not indexed elsewhere. New records are added quarterly and current listings are checked regularly to help ensure that entries are up to date and still available from their original sources. Some older records are retained for archival purposes.


Rehabilitation Resources 

NARIC National Rehabilitation Center for Independence    Each year, the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) funds more than 300 disability and rehabilitation research projects. These projects run the gamut from small companies developing innovative products, to large universities conducting long-term, clinical research. NARIC gathers information from and about these projects in two important resources: the NIDRR Program Directory and its companion Compendium of Products by NIDRR Grantees and Contractors. Both volumes are available in searchable databases here on the NARIC website.
NARIC's databases are available to search from one, easy-to-use form (above). Or choose to search one of the databases using the advanced search screens:  REHABDATA (1997-present) or (1956-1996), the NIDRR Program Directory, its companion Compendium of Products, or the comprehensive Knowledgebase of Disability and Rehabilitation Resources.

National Rehabilitation Center for Independence    Links to REHABDATA database,  National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research

University of Buffalo Health Sciences Wiki - Rehabilitation: selected resources    An excellent list of web links, no sense in reduplicating someone else's efforts here!


National Library of Medicine - Patient Education and Consumer Health

MedlinePLUS  A goldmine of good consumer health information from the world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine.  Health professionals and consumers alike can depend on it for information that is authoritative and up to date. MEDLINEplus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 500diseases and conditions. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and dictionaries, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.

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