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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.  Here are some tips for obtaining the full-text of journal articles.

1. Search the database.

2. Select the source you want and determine the source type (journal article or book) looking under Material on the source record.

3. To find the full-text of an article, try the following sources.  If the full-text is not available, you can order the article through interlibrary loan by bringing the citation from OT Search to the Library Circulation Desk.  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.  Here are some tips for getting your hands on a book.

1. Search the database.

2. Select the source you want and determine the source type (journal article or book) looking under Material on the source record.

3. To find a book, check the library catalog first. If the book isn't available through the MCC Library or I-Share, check the WorldCat database below.  Books owned by the MCC Library will be indicated in green.  Other books might be ordered through interlibrary loan.  Bring the WorldCat record to the Library Circulation Desk.  It may take a week or two to obtain materials via interibrary 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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