- For many Occupational Therapy assignments, you will need to include evidence-based sources in your research.
- Occupational Therapy practice uses evidence from peer-reviewed sources to form the basis of treatment for patients.
Before you Begin: Know the Assignment
- What type of paper is this? Informative? Argumentative? Research?
- What question are you trying to answer?
- Is there more than one part to the assignment?
- What length is your final paper supposed to be?
- How many resources are required?
- What types of resources are required?
- When is the assignment due?
- What is your thesis? Unless you are writing a creative paper, you should have a thesis that you are trying to support.
- What are the keywords in your thesis statement or in the question you are trying to answer? These will become your search terms.
- Example Thesis: "Forced use therapy can help stroke survivors regain motor control."
- Example Keywords: "Forced use", stroke, motor control
- Brainstorm additional search terms by finding words with similar meanings. You can use the Boolean Operator "OR" to search for them simultaneously.
- Example Keyword "motor control": movement OR motion OR "motor skills"