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Occupational Therapy - Dallas

Occupational therapy research guide for TWU Dallas students, faculty and staff.

Databases & Resources

Accessing TWU's Journals

  • Go to https://twu.edu/library/
  • Click on the E-journals icon located directly underneath the search bar.
  • Look for relevant journals by entering in their title, a general subject such as occupational or physical therapy, or the topic you are investigating, e.g. stroke.

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Accessing TWU's E-book collection.

  • Go to https://twu.edu/library/
  • Type in the name of the e-book you are looking for; alternatively type in the subject you wish to find an e-book about.

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  • Press enter.
  • On the left hand side of your screen, you should see a list of 'refinements'. Click on e-books. Click on 'apply filters'.

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Gray Literature, put simply, is scholarly material that hasn't been peer reviewed and/or published. For example, government documents, white papers, student dissertations, or conference proceedings and minutes.

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Reasons to Utilize Grey Literature

Depth:  Even if an article or book chapter is eventually produced from grey literature,  this by definition is a secondary source and the original works from which it is derived can contain information that is never included in the journal article. 

Breadth: Grey literature can offer a broader view on topics, such as websites for organizations or community blog postings.

Timeliness:  Results of studies may appear in grey literature 12 to 18 months before being published via traditional channels.

Flexibility: Rather than waiting years for the publication of a revised edition, authors, editors, and content creators can update information when needed, a factor that reinforces the timeliness of grey literature.

Open Access:  There is a great abundance of grey literature that is freely available online.

 

Finding these studies can be difficult, but there are a few online resources that can be used to discover this type of unpublished research.