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Physical Therapy

Guide to locating research evidence and tools for Physical Therapy students and faculty.

Searching the Literature of Physical Therapy

  • The literature of physical therapy is primarily indexed in MEDLINE and CINAHL, which are also linked 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 Patient Care (members only)  

Health Sciences Databases

Health, Nursing, Allied Health, Medicine

Core 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

Rehabilitation

Health and Psychological Instruments

Health Streaming Video

Tools and Test Guides

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 in Google Scholar:

  1. Open scholar.google.com
  2. Go to the left screen, 3 bars, "Settings" 
  3. Click on 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 scholar.google.com, the GetIt at NYU option will be available next to accessible article citations.

Here's how to change settings for Bibliography manager:

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