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Therapist Assistant: Start

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



Welcome!  This guide will help you find Okanagan College Library resources for physical, occupational and recreational therapyUse the tabs (above) for help with specific resources


Start your Research with OCtopus

Search OCtopus: Find Books, Articles, & More!


OCtopus, the Library search engine, is a good place to start your research.  


Too many results? 

Use the Peer Reviewed limiter on the left of your results screen.

Or Choose the limiter of a specialised health database such as CINAHL or SPORTDiscus on the bottom left of your results screen.

Select the Advanced search option and search each concept on a separate line.

Use the drop down 'select a field' limiter and search by Subject.

Doing in-depth research?  Use the Find Articles tab for databases in this guide.


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Many OC Library online library resources included in this guide are licensed for use by students and employees and may require you to log in with your current OC student or employee ID.   

Search Examples

1. Use quotation marks to search for phrases.

2. OR finds results with either one term or the other, not necessarily both. Be sure to have OR in capital letters.

3. Truncate words with an asterisk (*). Communicat* finds communication, communicator, communicate, etc.

4. AND finds results with all keywords. This dropdown can be changed to OR as well.

5. Get to advanced search with this link. It also appears under basic search.

6. Search for your keywords in a specific field. If unselected, it searches every field.

7. Add additional rows if needed.

Tip: in other search interfaces, many of these techniques will still work! Try using Boolean in another system or finding out what the truncation symbol is.

8. Methods to access the item will be available here, be it "PDF," "Full Text Finder," or "Retrieve Catalogue Item." Follow these links to get the item.

9. This will contain the information about the journal that you will need for citations, such as its title, and the volume and issue of the article.

10. If the item has a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), it will be located here.

11. Save items for later in the folder. You will need to create an EBSCO account in order to save items from one search session to another.

12. The citation tool is not perfect, but it will provide you with the needed information for your references.

13. The permalink button will provide you with a stable URL; use this for saving/sending links rather than the URL in the address bar.

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