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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 can be found linked below.  Also consider searching EMBASE, which has some coverage of physical therapy journals.  

Sources of PT Literature

Biomedical & Health Databases

Multidisciplinary Sources with PT Coverage

Education and Social Sciences

What is Google Scholar? How should I use it?

Google Scholar is a time-saving, scholarly search interface. With Google Scholar, you can locate scholarly 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.