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Just getting started?

Start by doing some background research. Take time to engage in some brainstorming exercises that will help you identify key subject terms. Encyclopedias and other reference resources can be used to help you refine your subject terms and the citations in these sources can be used to find more information on your topic.

Consider how much time you have to complete your assignment and how hard it will be to get the resources you need for your topic. If you are finding your research difficult to manage, narrow your topic or break your research down into manageable sub-topics. If you are not finding enough information on your topic, try using broader subject terms.

Other Useful Guides

Guide to the Library Using Databases Citation Guide

Library Catalog: Books, Videos, e-Books and more!

Call number areas to browse

Subject Area
Call Number Range
Subject Area
Call Number Range
Subject Area
Call Number Range
Physical Therapy RM 695 - RM 733 Orthopedics RD 70 - RD 811 Sports Injuries RD 97
Massage Therapy RM 721 - RM 723 Physical Therapy for Children RJ 53 Nervous System-Diseases RC 346 - RC 429
Exercise Therapy RM 725 - RM 727 People with Disabilities HV 1551 - HV 3024 Wounds and Injuries RD 93 - RD 94

The books in the library are organized by subject. You can browse these call number areas to find related books. So, if you are searching the library catalog and find a book that looks interesting or particularly relevant to your research, you can search the shelves in the library in the same call number area to find related items.

Reference Sources

Title Call Number
Orthopedic Physical Assessment REF RD 734 .E93 2009
Praeger Handbook of Sports Medicine and Athlete Health REF RC 1211 .P73 2011
The Sage Handbook of Developmental Disorders REF RJ 506. D47S24 2011
PTAEXAM Study Guide REF RM 735.4 .P97G47 2012
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The reference collection is located at the back, right-hand side of the library. Items in this collection cannot be checked out, but a copier is conveniently located so you can make copies of the resources you find.

To search the Library Catalog for reference books about Physical Therapy, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Physical Therapy" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search by selecting "Collection: Reference Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Circulating Books

Title Call Number
Wound Care: A Collaborative Practice Manual for Health Professionals RD 93 .W683 2012
Manual for Physical Agents RM 698 .H38 2012
Fundamental Orthopedic Management for the Physical Therapist Assistant RD 731 .S5513 2011
Physical Therapy for Children RJ 53 .P5P52 2012

Find More Physical Rehabilitation Find More Neurological Diseases Find More Therapeutic Exercise


To search the Library Catalog for books about Physical Therapy, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Physical Therapy" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Collection: Circulating Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

E-Books

Title E-Book Type
Clinical Prediction Rules: A Physical Therapy Reference Manual Ebsco ebook
Top Careers in Two Years: Health Care, Medicine and Science Ebsco ebook
The Psychological and Social Impact of Illness and Disability Ebsco ebook
The ACL Made Simple netLibrary ebook

Find More Brain Injuries Find More Alzheimers Find More Sensory Motor Skills


To search the Library Catalog for e-books about Physical Therapy or a related subfield, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Physical Therapy" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Collection: Electronic Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items available to Montgomery Library patrons only, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Audio/Visual Materials

Title Call Number
Advanced Swiss Ball Training for Rehabilitation RM 725 .A38 2011
Knee Replacement RD 561 .K644 2008
Stroke Help: Teaching Independence: A Therapeutic Approach RM 735.3 .S773 2009
Staff Relations in Health Care: Working as a Team R 729.5 .H4 S83 2007

Find More Massage Find More Stretching Find More Resistance Training


To search the Library Catalog for books about Physical Therapy, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Physical Therapy" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Media: Videos, DVDs, films, slides, etc." from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Periodicals

Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics Periodicals Collection
Physical Therapy Periodicals Collection
Pediatric Physical Therapy Periodicals Collection

The periodical section is located in front of the circulating collection, next to the outdoor patio area. The periodical collection is organized by title. These items cannot be checked out, but there is a copy machine available adjacent to the periodical section.

Tips!

Requesting items not available at Montgomery Library:

If there is an item listed in the catalog, but it is not located at Montgomery Library, just select the “Request First Available Copy of this Item” button from the catalog record to have the item sent to Montgomery Library for pick-up. To complete your request, you need your library barcode and PIN number. Generally, your PIN number is the last 4 digits of the phone number you used to register for classes. If you have problems requesting an item, contact the Circulation Desk in person, at 936.273.7387 or email mclr@lonestar.edu

If the item is not available in the catalog:

Just select the “Requests” tab located in the upper, right-hand side of the screen. Complete and submit the Inter-Library Loan Request Form – LSCS. Contact a librarian if you need help!

Research Databases: Find journal, magazine, and newspaper articles

Recommended Databases

CINAHL Plus Major full-text database in Nursing and Allied Health, with over 560 journals, and more than 600,000 articles dating back to 1937.
Health Reference Center Academic Full-text from a variety of medical, nursing and allied health sources: journals, reference books, pamphlets.
Health Source Nursing/Academic Full text from some 550 scholarly medical journals, plus citations and abstracts from 850 others.

Tips!

Finding the right database:

If you’d like to explore a subject area: Access the Research Databases: www.lonestar.edu/library -> Find Articles Tab -> Select a category that is relevant to your topic.

If you know the title of the journal you’re looking for, use the A to Z Electronic Journal Search to find out which database provides access to that journal: www.lonestar.edu/library -> Find Articles Tab -> A to Z Electronic Journal Search -> Select “Search” tab

If you know the database title: www.lonestar.edu/library -> Find Articles Tab -> Find Database by Title

If the full-text/PDF version of an article is not available, select the “Check LinkSource for more information” link to see if another database offers full-text access.

Accessing Databases from Home:

You can access the databases from home using your library barcode number. If you have problems accessing the databases, contact the Circulation Desk in person, at 936.273.7387 or email mclr@lonestar.edu

Interlibrary Loan (ILL):

If you are not able to find a resource that you need in the databases or in the library catalog, you can request the item via the Interlibrary Loan Form: http://www.lonestar.edu/library/interlibrary-request.htm

Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed Sources

Scholarly articles are written by an authority on the subject and are meant to share primary research with others in the field. Unlike popular sources, scholarly sources generally have a narrow audience and include a clear author or sponsoring association. These documents are very structured and usually include a literature review, methodology, and extensive citations. Many scholarly sources are also peer-reviewed which means others in the field reviewed the work before it was published. Many databases will allow you to limit your search to scholarly and/or peer-reviewed sources – look for this option.

Websites

Occasionally the librarians at LSC - Montgomery library will find a website they consider exceptional or particularly useful for academic research.

Suggested Websites:

American Physical Therapy Association apta.org
Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy merckmanuals.com/professional/index.html
PhysicalTherapist.com physicaltherapist.com
APA Citation Guide lonestar.edu/departments/libraries/nharrislibrary/APA_2010_final.pdf

Getting research assistance . . .

Subject Librarian

Sarah Palacios-Wilhelm
Email: sarahpwilhelm@lonestar.edu Phone: 936.273.7393 Office: bldg. F-161

Reference Desk

Email: mclr@lonestar.edu Phone: 936 273 7390

Department Contacts

Department Home: http://www.lonestar.edu/physical-therapist-assistant-dept.htm

Name Email Phone Number Office Number
Dr.Renee Pruitt, Director Renee.M.Pruitt@lonestar.edu 936.273.7470 D100-Q


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