Occupational Therapy: Books



Books can be good starting points for finding in-depth information, or putting your topic into context with other issues.

Find books by searching the Library Catalogue.

Search example: "occupational therapy" theory

Quick tips

  • Search for the Title or Author by changing the Search drop-down menu from All Fields
  • Use double quotes for phrases (e.g. "occupational therapy")
  • Use the truncation symbol * to find alternative word endings (e.g. exercis*)
  • Limit to Format: Books for books only

More search tips can be found here.

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Limit your catalogue search results by Format: Books, then Show Only: Full Text Online.

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Look at the following:

  • Accuracy - arguments supported with independent evidence
  • Audience - is it intended for a general audience or someone familiar with the research in the subject?
  • Authorship - what is the author's qualifications to write on the topic (usually an advanced degree with years of experience and research on the subject)?
  • Content - is it within the scope of your research?
  • Currency - check when the book was published, that it is the latest edition, and that it considers any important recent developments
  • Language - the book contains higher level language and discipline-specific terminology
  • Peer- review - most books are peer reviewed before being accepted, as part of the publishing process, but be careful because there are some publishers who simply publish what they are given, for example they will take a thesis and rebadge it as a book without any editorial intervention
  • Publisher - the book is produced by a reputable publisher (see peer review)
  • References - other materials used in the research process are listed in a bibliography or footnotes

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