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This subject guide will provide you with starting points for finding information on physiotherapy.
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Key Databases for Physiotherapy

  • Medline via Ovid
    The Ovid MEDLINE database contains citations and author abstracts from more than 4,600 journals in the medical sciences, published in the United States and in 70 other countries. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it contains over 19 million citations. Although coverage is worldwide, most records are derived from English-language sources or have English abstracts. Coverage (including OLDMEDLINE) extends from 1946.
  • Embase via Ovid
    Embase is an abstracting and indexing database developed for the biomedical and pharmacological fields. Produced by Elsevier B.V., the database contains over 22 million records with each including full bibliographic citation and indexing terms. The database contains a broad biomedical scope and covers the following areas: drug therapy and research; clinical and experimental (human) medicine; biotechnology and biomedical engineering; health policy and management; public, occupational and environmental hea
  • CINAHL Complete via Ebsco
    CINAHL Database provides indexing of the top nursing and allied health literature available including nursing journals and publications from the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses Association. Literature covers a wide range of topics including nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health discipline
  • SPORTDiscus with full text via Ebsco
    This database provides access to literature on: sports, biomechanics, drugs, exercise, kinesiology, movement science, nutrition, occupational health & therapy, physical fitness, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and more.
  • PEDro: The physiotherapy evidence database.
    access to bibliographic details and abstracts of randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy.
  • The Cochrane Library
    Available via the Wiley Interscience interface, the Cochrane library consistes of 7 databases, all of which are concerned with different aspects of research which looks at the effectiveness of different health care treatments and interventions. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews is full text, while most of the other databases are registers and indexes consisting mainly of citations and detailed abstracts.
  • AMED via Ovid
    Main subject areas covered are: professions allied to medicine, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, rehabilitation, speech and language therapy and podiatry; complementary medicine; and palliative care
  • Scopus
    Scopus is a multidisciplinary abstract and citation database. Over 16,000 peer-reviewed journals in the scientific, technical, medical and social science fields, from more than 4,000 international publishers are covered. Also indexed are open access journals, conference proceedings, book series and trade publications, as well as patent records from 5 patent offices. It also provides citation analysis of authors and subject areas.
  • Web of Science
    Web of Science consists of 7 citation databases (Science citation index expanded, Social sciences citation index, Arts & humanities citation index, Conference proceedings citation index - science, Conference proceedings citation index - social science & humanities, Book citation index - science, Book citation index - social sciences & humanities) containing information from thousands of scholarly journals and conference proceedings in all areas of research. The databases contain the references cited by the authors of the journal articles they cover.

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