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Health Sciences Library: PT

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Welcome to the Physical Therapy Research Guide

The purpose of this guide is to gather together and organize reliable online and library resources in Physical Therapy. This guide is not intended to be comprehensive, but is a good starting point for information and research. Suggestions for additional resources or websites that you find helpful are welcome (send email to HSL librarian).   

PT News

American Physical Therapy Assocation (APTA) news feed.
Top three items listed only; click on website or feed link below for more.

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Databases – best bets

Different databases focus on different areas of the literature. It is good practice to use multiple databases for your search. Below are some of the best bets, but check the A-Z Database list for other possibilities. Hover over links for description of databases. Click on individual links to visit the databases. 

Other Search Tools

PT Books

Search the library catalog to find the books you need. 

[ hint: use the filters in the left-hand column to  limit your search to Clarkson University Libraries and by format (book or ebook) ]

Required PT texts are available as ebooks in the F.A. Davis Collection in AccessPhysiotherapy.

In the HSL Book Room
Books in print on physical therapy are shelved together under the Dewey Decimal area for applied medicine 615.82. However, they may also be shelved by medical specialty (e.g., pediatrics, geriatrics, or psychiatry) or by affected body systems (e.g., the musculoskeletal system or the nervous system) or by disease/condition (e.g., cancer, dyslexia, and myalgia).

Try These Subject Terms
hint: select Subject in the left-side drop-down menu

anatomy & physiology - joints
back pain
exercise tests
exercise therapy

functional training
massage therapy
motor ability - testing
movement disorders - diagnosis
physical rehabilitation

physical fitness
physical therapy
sport conditioning
sport injuries
sports medicine


Need Help?

Mary Cabral, MLS
Health Sciences Librarian