Physical Therapy Research Guide


Academic Search Premier
Scholarly, multidisciplinary database designed specifically for academic institutions. Contains full text for thousands of peer-reviewed publications in nearly all academic areas of study.

CINAHL with Full Text
Indexing for thousands of journals in the fields of nursing and allied health, with full text for several hundred titles.

Cochrane Collection Plus
Articles, books, research reports, and conference proceedings related to the effects of healthcare, the conduct of controlled trials, the cost and effects of drugs, treatments and procedures, and systematic reviews of healthcare around the world.

Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects  (Cochrane)
Contains abstracts for systematic reviews on the effects of health care from around the world.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
Hundreds of full-text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Coverage of nursing and allied health is particularly strong.

Health Technology Assessments
Provides details of completed and ongoing health technology assessments (studies of the medical, social, ethical and economic implications of healthcare interventions).  Aim is to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care.

Lippincott Premier Nursing & Physical Therapy Journals
Full text of dozens of nursing and physical therapy journals.

Medline via Ebsco
Covers the literature of biomedicine, including the allied health fields and the biological and physical sciences. 1949 to the present.

NHS Economic Evaluation Database
Provides information on the costs and effects of drugs, treatments and procedures.  Economic evaluations - the cost-benefit analysis of two or more different medical treatments - are systematically identified, described and appraised for quality while their relative strengths and weaknesses are explored and highlighted.

ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source
Reliable healthcare information covering nursing, allied health, alternative and complementary medicine, and much more. Includes hundreds of journal titles and thousands of full text dissertations.

From the National Library of Medicine, PubMed includes MEDLINE and related databases. Over 18 million citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950's. PubMed may link to content we don't have online access to; please contact a librarian if you need assistance.

ScienceDirect College Edition
Full-text access to most Elsevier journals in the physical sciences and life sciences.  To see only full-text content, the green Search button and then change the "source" to "Subscribed Journals."

Web of Science
Provides the Science Citation Index Expanded for 1979-present.

Web Resources

Medline Plus
Consumer health information from the National Library of Medicine.

Pedro (Physiotherapy Evidence Database)

Finding Books

By subject search

Below are some links to various subject searches in the catalog. The subject search is a specific and helpful way to find materials about your area of interest. Explore these or try some of your own subject searches using the "Subject" tab in GFU Primo. For more information on "power searching" by subject, ask your reference librarian.


Sports medicine

Joints AND Rehabilitation

Physical therapy

By call number

If you want to browse for books in the library, use the call numbers below to find the subject areas that are of interest to you. You can use them to browse the reference section or the main stacks. The Library of Congress website may have a more detailed outline of call numbers for your subject area.

From To Subject Area
GV201 GV555 Physical education and training
GV346 GV351.5 School and college athletics.
GV401 GV433 Physical education facilities. Sports facilities
GV435 GV436.7 Physical measurements. Physical tests, etc.
GV557 GV1198.995     Sports
QM1 QM577.8 Human anatomy
QP1 QP495 Physiology
RC1200 RC1245 Sports medicine