Subject Guide -- Physical Therapy

To begin research in Physical Therapy, first consult MaagNet, the library's online public access catalog. Books, journals government documents and other resources can be searched by author, title, subject  call number, or keyword.
Feel free to ask a librarian for assistance.

Online Databases & Full-text Sources

Over 100 databases are available from Maag Library's homepage. Select Research Databases then OhioLINK Research Databases (Health Sciences) or click here. Major databases you may find useful include:

  • New 2008 Evidence Based Medicine Reviews (EBM/Cochrane)
    This multifile database allows you to search simultaneously the four Evidence Based Medicine Reviews databases: ACP Journal Club (ACP), Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (formerly Cochrane Controlled Trials Register-CCTR)(CENTRAL), Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR), Cochrane Methodology Register (CMR), Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE), Health Technology Assessment (HTA), and NHS Economic Evaluation Database (EED).
  • IMAGES.MD is an online encyclopedia of more than 55,000 medical images. The 90 collections range from allergy to urology. Each is accompanied by detailed and informative text contributed by more than 2,000 medical experts. New 2007
    Offering complete information from leading nursing and related publications, this database is designed to meet the needs of researchers at health-care facilities as well as students enrolled in nursing programs at academic institutions. All the source publications are available in the ASCII full-text format. Nearly all of them also offer articles in the full-image and Text+Graphics formats.
  • Alt HealthWatch
    This alternative health database provides full text for 180 publications in the collection, including full text for many peer-reviewed journals. Alt HealthWatch provides in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas covered by complementary and alternative medicine dating back to 1990.
  • CINAHL (Nursing & Allied Health) (1982-date)
    CINAHL subject areas include: Allied Health – physical therapy, occupational therapy, emergency services as well as coverage of virtually every nursing journal published Over 1,000 journals are indexed. Nursing and allied health journals are indexed cover-to-cover (regular journals), whereas only articles that are important to the database are selected from the other journal titles (selective journals).
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
    This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. It also features abstracts and indexing for nearly 850 journals.
  • MEDLINE (2000 to date)
    MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) premier bibliographic database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. This database contains bibliographic citations (e.g., authors, title, and journal reference) and author abstracts from 4,500 biomedical journals published in the United States and 70 foreign countries. links are provided back to 1966.
  • OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center
    A major source for scholarly research articles, EJC can be accessed from this link or from its link on the Maag library homepage. It contains full-text articles from over 11,000 journal titles from several journal publishers. It’s a good source for scholarly scientific information. (1997-date).

World Wide Web Sites

Physical Therapy Resources located in Maag Library


Recent and most bound serial titles are shelved according to Library of Congress call  number on Maag's 6th floor. See Current Periodicals and Physical Therapy journal pages for current information. While the Library of Congress call  number " RM"  is the general location for Physical Therapy,  all of the Rs are medical journals.

Handbooks and Manuals

  • Ref RM725.R42 2001
    ACSM's resource manual for Guidelines for exercise testing  and prescription American College of Sports Medicine. senior editor, Jeffrey L. Roitman
  • RJ138.W55 1999
    The Brockport physical fitness test manual  by Joseph P. Winnick, Francis X. Short
  • Oversize RJ138.B76 1999
    The Brockport physical fitness training guide edited by  Joseph P. Winnick, Francis X. Short 
  • Maag Reserve collection RM701.C597 2004
    Clinical reasoning for manual therapists edited by  Mark A. Jones and Darren A. Rivett
  • Maag Reserve collection. RM701.B45 2002
    Evidence-based guide to therapeutic physical agents  by Alain Yvan Bélanger.
  • RC953.8.P58G48 1999
    Geriatric rehabilitation manual edited by Timothy L. Kauffman.
  • RM701.g84 1997
    Guide to Physical Therapist Practice by  the American Physical Therapy Association
  • RJ53.P5.L66 2002
    Handbook of Pediatric Physical Therapy by Long and Cintas
  • RM700.H36 1990
    Krusen's Handbook of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Ready Ref. RC55.M4
    The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy.
    The most widely used medical text in the world. It provides useful information to practicing physicians, medical students, interns, residents, and other health professionals. Also available on the WWW at   (First time users must register).
  • RM700.M37 1989
    Manual of Physical Therapy, edited by Otto D. Payton
  • Ref. RM735.3 .R68 1998
    The Rehabilitation Specialist's Handbook by Rothstein, Roy, and Wolf
  • Ref. RM700.S363 1995
    Saunders Manual of Physical Therapy Practice, edited by Rose Scarlet Myers
  • RM725|b.K53 1996
    Therapeutic exercise :foundations and techniques by Carolyn Kisner and Lynn Allen Colby

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

  • Ref.  RM696.5.Q53 2003
    Quick reference dictionary for physical therapy 2nd ed. edited  by Jennifer M. Bottomley.
  • Ref. R121.S8 1995
    Stedman's Medical Dictionary  by Thomas Lathrop Stedman
  • Ref. R123.D661992
    Dorland's Medical Abbreviations

Directories and Guides

  • Ready Ref. RA 977 .A1 A46   2002-03 ed.
    American Hospital Association Guide to the Health Care Field (AHA Guide)
    Provides a central reference source for information on health care institutions.
  • Oversize RC683.5.E94A24 2003
    Exercise testing and prescription lab manual  by| Edmund Acevedo.
  • RM701.6|bM49 1997
    Review book for the physical therapist assistant  by Theresa Jean Meyer.
    3rd edition.  2 volumes.
  • Ref. R 733 .S56
    Alternative Health Care Resources