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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.

Value of a Research Strategy

Creating a research strategy is always a good idea. It will:

  1. Get you focused on developing a good thesis statement
  2. Knowing the right question to ask will allow you to better explain it to a librarian.
  3. It will allow you to start developing a list of keywords and keyword phrases to use in your searching
  4. It can assist you to better manage your time
  5. It will allow you to develop a plan to manage the information that you discover and incorporate that information into your assignments.
  6. Design an information management plan.

My Kingdom for the Right Keywords

Keywords and phrases are how we search in OCtopus.

The best starting point is to deconstruct the research topics that you have been given. For example,

Compare and contrast the impact of recreation theory on the recovery of geriatric stroke victims.

Keywords  Alternative Keywords
Impact Outcomes, Success
Geriatric  Seniors, Elderly, 
  • Ischemic stroke.
  • Hemorrhagic stroke.
  • Transient ischemic attack (mini-stroke)
  • Brain stem stroke.
  • Cryptogenic stroke (stroke of unknown cause)
Victims Patient, Individual, Survivor
Recreation Therapy Recreation Therapy or Therapeutic Recreation or Recreational Therapy


Where Do I Find These Alternative Keywords

They're everywhere:

  1. Your Lectures and Lecture Notes
  2. Background Reference Sources
  3. Books and E-Books
  4. Journal Articles and their Reference Lists 
  5. Textbooks
  6. Webpages - especial those from Universities and Colleges

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