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Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences: OT Online Learners

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

Tools and Help for Online Learners

The links below have been selected for online OT students as highlights of tools available to streamline searching the literature, saving searches, creating "alerts," and managing and citing references.

Citation Management Tools

Citation management tools like Endnote, Refworks, Zotero, Mendeley, and more, are invaluable for importing citations into a personal repository, organizing, citing, and outputting in-text and in reference lists. 


Save PubMed Searches and Set Alerts in MY NCBI

Overview of My NCBI

 The My NCBI feature (link in upper right corner of PubMed home page) allows one to

    • Register for a personal account
    • Save search strategies in order to run them at a later date (check for new citations)
    • Receive automatic email alerts for saved search strategies
    • Save results in collections
    • Set preferences for searching PubMed
    • My NCBI Handout (tri-fold in pdf)


My NCBI Account Set Up

My NCBI is a free service by the US National Library of Medicine.  Here is how to register:

  • Click Register for an account (only once) on the My NCBI Sign In page.
  • Enter a username (3 or more characters, alphanumeric and '_' only) and a password (at least 8 uppercase/lowercase letters, numbers, or special characters).
  • Choose a security question and answer so you can use it to reset your password if you forget it.
  • Enter the characters displayed as an image in the text box to help us prevent automated programs from registering accounts.
  • You can enter a default email address. This email address will be used for both automatic e-mail updates and the Send to E-mail feature in PubMed.

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