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Therapist Assistant: Find books + videos

This guide will help Therapist Assistant students find research information in the OC Library collections and on the Internet.

Search Terms

A few examples of subject headings you can use in the OC Library catalogue. You can also find books and videos in the OCtopus search engine.

Allied health personnel

Allied health personnel and patient



Communication in medicine

Evidence based medicine

Infection prevention

Occupational therapy


Physical therapy

Physically handicapped rehabilitation

Recreational therapy

Spinal cord wounds and injuries

Sports injuries

Wounds and injuries

Disease rehabilitation




Locating Books

After you have found a book in the catalogue, you need the following information to locate it:

Campus: If a book is not at your campus, you can request the item

Location: Where the book is found in the library (circulating, reference, or video shelves)

Call Number: The call number on the spine is used to find the book on the shelf

Status: Available or checked out (you can place a hold for a book that is checked out)


OC Library Catalogue Search

Search the OC Library catalogue for books, DVDs and other resources.

Search tips:

  • Use the truncation symbol   ?  to search variations in word endings. For example:  therap? returns therapy, therapist, and therapeutic.
  • Use the Videos/DVDs/Streaming video limiter for videos only
  • Use the Online limiter for e-books, e-documents & streaming media


OC Library has an extensive collection of electronic books. You can view them off campus, search full-text, and save them to your own personalized electronic bookshelf.  You must be an authenticated user to view e-books off campus. Read more about our e-book collections and access tips under Find: Books & Media on the main library website left menu

When using the OC Library catalogue to search, when you see a book marked [electronic resource] click on the book title. In the next screen use the 'click here to access ebook' link.

You can also use OCtopus to find eBooks. You can limit your search to only eBooks or only print books using the check boxes on the left-hand side of the screen. Learn more about OCtopus here.

Interactive & Streaming Media

OC Library has an expanding collection of interactive media and streaming video. To use these materials off-campus you must be an OC student or employee.

           Primal Pictures (Interactive 3D anatomy and physiology)

           Films on Demand - Health & Medicine (streaming videos for health,, psychology, and more)

To find streaming video use the OC Library catalogue.  Include the phrase 'streaming video' in your catalogue search.  Use the click here to access (OC students, faculty and staff only) link in the detailed item record screen.

            For example:  gerontology streaming video

You can also find streaming video through OCtopus by limiting your search with the "videos" checkbox under Resource Types on the left hand side of your search results.

Finding Books on the Shelf


To help browse the library shelves, try the following areas:


BF 1-839
HV 1551-3024          
Human Anatomy
Human Physiology
R 123
Medical Terminology
RC 435-571
Mental Disorders
RM 695-931                
Rehabilitation Therapies          

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