Physical Therapy

This guide lists sources of information for physical therapy. It is not inclusive, but is meant to provide a starting place when you are looking for information. For additional information, please talk with a librarian.

Finding Books

Use Minerva, the library's online catalog, to search for books owned by the library. To search Minerva, click on Finding Books and then Go to Minerva. For more information about searching Minerva, click on Get tips on searching Minerva.

Typical subject headings to search under include:physical therapy; manipulation (therapeutics); kinesiology, movement disorders; and anatomy. Also, try combining the term physical therapy with other terms to narrow your search results. For browsing purposes, the call number ranges for the majority of physical therapy books are QS (human anatomy), WB 460 through WB 545 (physical therapy), and WE (musculoskeletal system).

Finding Journal Articles

Click on Finding Articles. Click on Go to Online Resources and Journal Indexes. There are two ways to find articles in journals. You may choose an index or resource from the alphabetical list, or you may look only at the Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Resources. A few of the appropriate resources for physical therapy topics are described below. You have to check our to see if Sawyer Library owns the journal an article is in.

The list may be accessed from the Finding Articles page. Printed copies are also available.


BIOSIS Previews
A bibliographic index to the literature of the biological and biomedical sciences from 1969 to the present. Subjects covered include agriculture, biochemistry, bioengineering, botany, ecology, genetics, microbiology, pharmacology, and zoology. Approximately 5,500 serial publications as well as books, proceedings and meeting abstracts, technical reports, review papers, and patents are indexed. Searches can be limited to review articles.

Health Source Plus
An index of articles from more than 270 health journals, 1,100 health pamphlets, and 20 health reference books. *It includes the full text of many articles. Searches may be limited to only peer reviewed articles.

Nursing and Allied Health Collection – Basic
A full-text index of articles from 100 journals covering the areas of nursing, biomedicine, health sciences, consumer health and allied health disciplines. Searches may be limited to only peer reviewed articles.

PubMed (Medline)
A free Internet version of the National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE database, it is an index of articles covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. It contains bibliographic citations and author abstracts from more than 4,000 biomedical journals published in the United States and 70 other countries. *Articles can be ordered via the interlibrary loan service called Lonesome Doc. To register, follow on-screen registration directions. The library's LIBID is MEUHUS.

A service which provides access to approximately 60 bibliographic and full-text databases. *Searches may be limited to articles found only in journals owned by the Husson Library. It includes the following indexes that are most appropriate for physical therapy:

    • Article1st
      A bibliographic index to articles from nearly 12,500 journals.
    • BasicBIOSIS
      An index of basic information about biology and other life sciences.
    • General Science Abstracts
      A bibliographic index to articles form more than 100 leading journals in the field of science, covering such subjects as nutrition, chemistry & physics.
    • PsychINFO
      A bibliographic index to articles on the subject of psychology and the psychological aspects of other topics (including rehabilitation) from over 1,400 American and international journals.

Cochrane Library
A database containing reviews of evidence-based medical research.

Some of the journals owned by Husson's Library in the physical therapy area include:

Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Gait and Posture

Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery

Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics

Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy

Movement Disorders

Orthopedic Physical Therapy Clinics

Physical Therapy

Other Resources

The Merck Index [ Ref. QV 772 M4 1996] An encyclopedia of chemicals, drug, and biologicals .

Cecil Textbook of Medicine [ Ref. WB 100 C423 1996]

Merck Manual of Geriatrics [ Ref. WT 39 M47 2000]

Quick Reference to Physical Therapy [ Ref. WB 39 P38 1996]

Mosby's Medical, Nursing, and Allied Health Dictionary [ Ref. W 13 M89 1998]

World Wide Web Sites

American Physical Therapy Association [ ]

Physical Therapist Online [ ]

Physical Therapy Health Links at Andrews University [ ]