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Physical Therapy: Finding Articles/Databases

This guide presents a starting point for Physical Therapy students and faculty locating health evidence in books, journal articles, databases, and the web.

Searching the Literature of Physical Therapy

  • The literature of Physical Therapy  is primarily indexed in MEDLINE and CINAHL Plus below
  • Synthesized evidence is searchable in aggregated sources such as:
    • PEDro the Physiotherapy Evidence Database from the Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy (CEBP) at the University of Sydney. Free web-based database with access to bibliographic details and abstracts of over 5500 RCTs, systematic reviews and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy.
    • The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
    • APTA Hooked on Evidence (members only)
    • View a complete list of sources of pre-appraised/pre-aggregated evidence at:  Evidence Pyramid linked to resources


Health Sciences Databases

Health, Nursing, Allied Health, Medicine

Best Bets (Top Resources)

Social Sciences, Public Health, History Of Medicine

Background Information

Systematic Reviews, Pre-Synthesized Evidence, Point-of-Care

Health Statistics and Data

Patient Information / Consumer Health

Alternative / Complementary Medicine


Health and Psychological Instruments

Health Streaming Video

Tools and Test Guides

Find the Full Text of an Article from a Database?

Find the Full Text of an Article from a Citation.

What is google scholar? How should I use it?

Google Scholar is a time-saving, scholarly search interface accessible from within the Google interface. With Google Scholar, you can access peer-reviewed journal articles, books and book sections.  For literature searching, specialized databases have more functionality and access more comprehensive results, but Google Scholar is a good tool to use for a search for a known item.

You can configure Google Scholar to:

  • Display a link to NYU options for the full-text of an article
  • Export your citations to RefWorks or EndNote

Here's how to display NYU links:

  1. Open
  2. Go to the Settings icon (upper right screen)
  3. Click on left menu item, "Library Links"
  4. Type in: NYU
  5. From the results, put a check mark next to "New York University Libraries-GetIt at NYU"
  6. Click on Save to save preferences.

The next time you search, the GetIt at NYU option will be available next to accessible article citations.

Here's how to change settings for Bibliography manager:

  1. Open
  2. Go to the Settings icon (upper right screen)
  3. In the Search Results, go to Bibliography Manager
  4. Select Show Links  to import citation into: (your choice of bibliography manager, Refworks, Endnote, etc.)
  5. Click on Save to save preferences.