Occupational Therapy: Journal articles

Finding journals


Some key databases to search:

Sign [Illustration depicting a road traffic sign with an occupational therapy concept [with] blue sky background by Samantha Craddock. Image ID. 13777036. Source: http://www.123rf.com/stock-photo/occupational_therapy.html, viewed [22/10/2014]

Before you search analyse your research question. Consider:

  1. The main concepts in your question. You can use these as search terms.
  2. Any synonyms (similar keywords) you could also include in your search.
  3. Any words you need to define.
  4. Plurals or different word endings for any search terms.

Find different word endings or spellings in databases by using:

  • Truncation - for different word endings e.g. exercis* finds exercise, exercises, exercising...
  • Wildcards - find different words spellings e.g. ag?ing  ageing or aging

Combine your keywords, using the connectors OR / AND, when searching.

Quick guides:

You can use EndNote, or RefWorks software to create a library of references and do your referencing in a Word document.

The Library Catalogue and most databases allow you to import references into EndNote or RefWorks.


Grey literature


Journals are the primary medium for scholarly communication.

They account for a large percentage of university research output.


  • present current research/debate
  • provide highly focused information
  • contain research findings/opinions of experts
  • contain information not found elsewhere
  • contain information about new research areas
  • may be peer reviewed

[mgsloan, 'Stylized Computer', CC Licence: CC0 1.0 http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/, Image Source: Open Clip Art Library http://www.openclipart.org/detail/3956/stylized-computer-by-mgsloan]