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Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Research Guide: Finding Articles & More

Guide to research and resources for OTA students.

Off-Campus Access to Databases

To access any database in this Research Guide from off campus, you will need your myMCC login. You may find your myMCC login at www.mchenry.edu/myMCC. Click on Password Reset/Find Username.

Obtaining Full-Text of Articles Listed in OT Search

OT Search is not a full-text database. To obtain full-text articles, try the following:

  1. Once you find an article in OT Search, try searching the sources shown below for the title of your article.
  2. Order the article through interlibrary loan by bringing the citation from OT Search to the Library Circulation Desk. NOTE: It can take a week or two to obtain material via interlibrary loan.

Obtaining Books listed in OT Search

OT Search lists both books and journal articles. To obtain books, try the following:

  1. Check the MCC Library catalog to see if the book is available at MCC or within I-Share. Use your MCC library card to place a hold on the book.
  2. If the book is not available through MCC's resources, search WorldCat (link below) to find a library that owns the book you need. Order the book through interlibrary loan by bringing the citation from OT Search to the Library Circulation Desk. NOTE: It can take a week or two to obtain material via interlibrary loan.

Looking for OT Journals?

Use the Journal List to search for specific OT journals such as:

  • Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
  • British Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy

Click on the database listed in the results to go directly to that journal.  Then choose an issue to browse, or search for articles within the journal.

The Library has an electronic subscription to The American Journal of Occupational Therapy.  The link to this subscription is in the Databases box to the right.

Selecting and Using Keywords Video (3:50)

keyword with magnifying glass over research

Joshua Vossler's video "Selecting and Using Keywords"

Research Tip: If you were researching the topic "videogame violence" as discussed in the video above, you could also use a great and reliable site such as this: https://www.statista.com/topics/868/video-games/  (Video Game Industry: Statistics & Facts | Statista)

Quick Tips and Shortcuts for Database Searching (video 5:19)

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