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Physical Therapy: Find Articles

Use this guide as a starting point for your research in the area of physical therapy as well as topics in general health, physiology and kinesiology.

Strategy #1 Search within Physical Therapy Journals

Search within an individual journal:

Find other journals about physical therapy, including:

Strategy #2 Search within Specialized Health Databases

Search through hundreds of journals at once through these databases:
Library Databases
Free Web Databases

Strategy #3 Search within Holman Library One Search

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Article Searching Tips


(below is an example from the CINAHL database, but apply tips to all databases)

1. Use "Advanced Search" to give you more power when you search. 

          Brainstorm different keywords that represent the same concept:

                       physical therapy / rehabilitation / recovery              
           cerebral palsy / muscle spasticity / ataxia / cerebellar diseases
                                     children / youth / pediatric     

1. Using the word and between keywords helps to narrow and focus your search.  2. However, if you retrieve too few results a) try fewer keywords such as  only physical therapy and cerebral palsy or b) try different keywords such as physical therapy and muscle spasticity


2.Set Limits


CINAHL: special interest


3.Look at keyword suggestions provided by the database


4.Look through your search results to find articles relevant to your research topic

Beyond our collection: Interlibrary Loan

Using the Interlibrary Loan Service

InterLibrary Loan: No library has it all! But the InterLibrary Loan (or ILL) is a service offered by Holman Library for borrowing books and articles from other libraries. 

For your research it is important to search many places.
  • First, start with the books and articles available through the Holman Library.

  • Then, If you find books and articles that the Library does NOT have access to, just request them through Interlibrary Loan.

  • Using Interlibrary Loan increases the amount of resources available to you and helps you become a more thorough researcher.

  • Books and other items that require mailing may take 1-2 weeks.

  • Articles and other digital items may arrive within 2-5 days. Use your email as your contact info and the article will be sent directly to you.

Other places you can search...

Use the links below to look for books, articles and more beyond our collection:

To request an item, use information you find in the tools above to fill out the Student Interlibrary Loan form. If you need help filling out this form, call the library reference desk at (253) 931-6480.

InterLibrary Loan requests are free to current GRC students, faculty and staff.