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OTH 716: Occupational Therapy Foundations


Welcome to your Research Guide for OTH 716!

This guide will make it easier to find the best articles and other resources for your class assignments. Use the navigation tabs on the left to find what you need.
For personalized research help, schedule time to meet with me. I'm looking forward to talking with you about your research!

Library PIN

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You may be prompted to enter your Library PIN to access some resources. Don't have a PIN? It's easy to create one!
  1. Start at MY ACCOUNT in Scholar.
  2. Fill in your name and CSU ID number, but leave the PIN field blank. Then click the Submit button.
  3. You will then be prompted to create a new PIN. 
  4. Remember your PIN. You are the only person who will know it!

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Research Process

1. Explore and develop a research topic using a variety of sources.
  • Newspapers, news websites, and blogs inform readers by simplifying complex issues and summarizing them for general readers. They can be helpful as you explore and learn more about a topic and/or unfamiliar aspects of your research.
  • Academic books and e-books examine individual topics in depth and clearly cite sources the authors used to compile information.
  • Scholarly journals contain articles written by and for scholars in a particular field. The articles describe research methods and findings of individual studies conducted by the authors. 
  • This infographic provides an overview of many other types of sources and factors you should consider as you conduct your research.
2. Use library research databases in addition to Google and Google Scholar.
  • Subject databases are comprehensive indexes of the literature. They intentionally describe every article in every journal indexed so that scholars can discover them.
  • Approach your research with a spirit of inquiry. Explore various perspectives and try different search terms. Try broadening and narrowing the focus of your search as you explore the literature.
  • Use this Research Guide to find databases and other resources in your subject area.
3. Schedule a research appointment with your subject librarian.
  • Brainstorm subject search terms and alternate databases.
  • Navigate databases more effectively.
  • Evaluate resources.
  • Expand or focus your research strategy.