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Occupational Therapy: Get Started ...

This research guide will help you find books, ebooks, articles, audio-visuals and professional / educational web sites to assist you in your research related to Occupational Therapy.


"The practice of Occupational Therapy (OT) means the therapeutic use of occupations (everyday life activities) with persons, groups, and populations for the purpose of participation in roles and situations in the home, schools, workplace, community and other settings." 
"Standards of Practice for Occupational Therapy". American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November/December 2005, Vol. 59, 663-665.

Please note this guide for resources is only for research and educational purposes and not meant for medical advice.

Information Evaluation

When answering a Occupational Therapy (OT) related question or making recommendations, be sure to consider the following:

  • Compliance with the standards / best practices guidelines as established by American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
  • Compliance with treatment protocols / standards of the medical community 
  • Compliance with state legislation and regulations affecting occupational therapy. 
  • Authority of the information source - a reviewed article or website supported by a professional organization like AOTA

Note: Most of the print OT books and journals are housed in the LSC-Tomball's Library @ the Health Sciences Building

Keywords to use

To find resources in Occupational Therapy, you can use these keywords:
(Note: Use an asterisk (*) with the root word to expand your book and article searches. For example, entering Occupation*  will retrieve articles / books on occupation, occupational, etc.)

  • ADL (activities of daily living)
  • Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Autism
  • Disability
  • Function
  • Gerontology
  • IADL (instrumental activities of daily living at home and in the community)
  • Mobility 
  • Occupation (daily life activities in which people engage)
  • Occupational therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Stress Management
  • Therapeutic

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Starting your research

Articles from the library's online databases provide you with the most recent, scholarly, peer-reviewed and researched information from journals, magazines and reports in health science including pharmacy technology. See the page titled Find Articles for detailed information and links to the article databases. 

Books / eBooks
Use books to get the detailed and historical data and background information on your topic.

Reference books
Use reference books like dictionaries and encyclopedias to get the basic ideas and the exact definition on a topic. We have online databases like STAT!Ref for medical specific reference books.

Web Sites
The web can be a great source of digital information hub if you select the right sources. Try using government and educational sites for scholarly  resources. Also try genuine primary information provided by professional organizations. Check out the sites we have added on the page titled Web Sites of this guide.