Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Consider this guide your starting point in finding health sciences literature.  It will primarily help you discover articles and evidence based practice summaries on your topic.  To find books, use the BU Libraries Search box on the homepage.

To find the full-text of articles, click on the sfxfind icon in our databases. Watch me retrieve full-text in PubMed in this video. If you cannot find the article, follow this flowchart. If you need an article or book that BU Libraries does not own, request it for free through interlibrary loan.

Finally, Lisa strongly recommends that you use a program like Zotero, RefWorks, or EndNote to help keep track of your citations and generate bibliographies.

Core Databases

PubMed (1996]-)
Note: The premier database for biomedical research.

Note: CINAHL focuses on nursing and allied health (including OT, PT, & speech/hearing sciences) research.

Note: The premier database for literature on behavioral and mental health.

Note: This database is especially helpful when trying to determine how many times a particular article has been cited and by whom. If you have an older article and want to find newer research that has cited it, give this database a try.

Note: Systematic reviews of interventions related to prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.

Note: Useful for finding interdisciplinary literature or grey (unpublished) literature.

Specialized Databases

In addition to the core databases listed above that cover a broad range of literature on health sciences, consider using the specialized databases below to supplement your search.

Occupational Therapy

OT Seeker

An Australian database that contains abstracts of systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials relevant to OT.

NARIC

A primary component of NARIC is the REHABDATA database, which contains 69,000 abstracts of books, reports, articles, and A/V materials relating to disability and rehabilitation research.

CIRRIE

Contains 140,000 citations of international rehabilitation research.  For US rehab research, use NARIC instead.

OT Search (requires AOTA membership & paid subscription)

A bibliographic database covering the literature of OT and related subject areas, such as rehabilitation, education, psychiatry or psychology, and health care delivery or administration.

Physical Therapy & Athletic Training

Note: Includes 1.7 million citations on exercise, sports medicine, and related subject areas.

Note: Focuses on physical education topics but also indexes some sports medicine, sports training, and sport sociology/psychology content as well.

PEDro

A freely available evidence based PT database that includes clinical trials, clinical practice guidelines, and systematic reviews.  Indexed trials include quality ratings.

PTNow (requires APTA membership)

Content written by PTs for PTs. Clinical practice guidelines, clinical summaries, case studies, systematic reviews, tests & measures.

Hooked On Evidence (requires APTA membership)

APTA’s “grassroots” effort to develop a database containing current research evidence on the effectiveness of physical therapy interventions. Includes randomized controlled trials, clinical trials, cohort studies, case-control studies, case reports, single-subject experimental designs and cross-sectional studies.

NARIC

A primary component of NARIC is the REHABDATA database, which contains 69,000 abstracts of books, reports, articles, and A/V materials relating to disability and rehabilitation research.

CIRRIE

Contains 140,000 citations of international rehabilitation research.  For US rehab research, use NARIC instead.

Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences

speechBITE

An evidence-based speech pathology database.  Research studies in the database are assigned quality ratings.

Language Learning & Linguistics Guide

A research guide from BU education librarian Dan Benedetti.

NARIC

A primary component of NARIC is the REHABDATA database, which contains 69,000 abstracts of books, reports, articles, and A/V materials relating to disability and rehabilitation research.

CIRRIE

Contains 140,000 citations of international rehabilitation research.  For US rehab research, use NARIC instead.

Nutrition

Note: Indexes literature covering all aspects of agriculture, including food & nutrition.

Note: Focuses on nutrition and food research. Indexes 6,000 academic journals, books, reports and conferences published worldwide.

Note: Similar to Natural Standard, this database provides evidenced based summaries on the safety & effectiveness of supplements.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Evidence Library (requires Academy membership)

Evidence based summaries on nutrition and disease/health conditions from The Academy.

Education

Note: Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Provides extensive access to education-related literature.

BU Libraries Physical Education, Health, & Coaching Research Guide

A research guide from BU education librarian Dan Benedetti.

All BU Libraries Education Research Guides

Looking for more education databases?  Start here.

More Health Research Resources

If you do not find what you need above, BU Libraries has additional guides on finding specific types of health information.

All Charles River Campus Health Guides

Health Sector Management (BU Pardee Management Library)

Health Care Law (BU Law Library)

BU Alumni Medical Library Research Guides

Help

BU students, faculty, and staff who need help with any aspect of their health sciences literature search can contact the BU Health Sciences Librarian, Lisa Philpotts, at philpo@bu.edu or (617) 358-6920.  She is happy to provide assistance via e-mail, phone, or in person by appointment.  If you have general library questions or need research assistance in a field other than health sciences, contact BU librarians through Ask a Librarian.