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Therapist Assistant

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

Find books & videos in OCtopus (Library Search Engine)

Search OCtopus: Find Books, Articles, & More!


OC Library has an extensive collection of electronic books. You can view them off campus, and search full-text. You must be an authenticated user to view eBooks off campus. 

Use OCtopus to find eBooks.

On the left menu column of your Results screen. Limit your search to Resource Types: eBooks

For print / physical books located in OC campus libraries: click Limit to: Catalogue Only (Books & Media)



Interactive & Streaming Media

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

          * NEW*     ICE Video Library (International Clinical Educators streaming video library; designed specifically for physical therapy and  occupational therapy - short patient videos in real clinical settings)

  Primal Pictures (Interactive 3D anatomy and physiology)

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


Find other individual streaming videos

through OCtopus

.by limiting your search results on left menu column under Resource Types to Videos (you may need to click Show More to see videos in list of check boxes).


Search Terms

A few examples of subject terms you can use to find books/ebooks and videos/streaming media 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


Use phrase searches:  "multiple sclerosis"

Add the word therapist* to your search terms, to focus results to your field.

Adding terms physical therap* or occupational therap*  or recreation* therap* may give even more focus


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)


Browsing for Books on the Shelf


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


HV 1551-3024        
Human Anatomy
Human Physiology
Medicine & Allied Health
R 123
Medical Terminology
Diseases & health conditions
RC 1200
Sports Medicine
RM 695 - 950
 Physical, occupational & recreational therapy, exercise, rehabilitatior

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