Skip to main content

Physical Therapy Research Guide

Designed to promote resources used by the DPT program.

Search the Library Catalog

Find books, articles, dvds, and more....


Advanced Search

Physical Therapy Databases

Anatomy and Physiology

Developing a Search Strategy

A search strategy is a plan that will help you look for the information you need.

  • Identify the key concepts.
  • Determine alternate terms for these concepts, if needed.
  • Use Boolean operators to broaden or narrow your search.
    • AND – narrows your search results
    • OR – broadens your search results
    • NOT – narrows your search results
  • Use wildcard and truncation sympbols.
    • Symbols used depend on database (*, ?)
  • Use built-in subject terms (i.e., MeSH in MEDLINE, CINAHL Headings in CINAHL), thesauri and other indexes – use this specific language whenever possible.
  • Using bibliographies (works cited or reference lists) for other relevant articles, etc.
  • Refine your search to dates, studies, etc., as appropriate