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Master of Science (MS) in Occupational Therapy: Evidence-Based Practice Sites, APA Style, and Reference Managers

Reference Managers for AMA Style

Using Firefox as your browser, you can collect, organize and cite your citations in Zotero, a free application. Once downloaded, go to Preferences, choose the Styles button from the menu, and select American Medical Association.  

Mendeley.com allows you to create an account for managing your references and storing documents -- up to 2GB of web storage. 

Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines

  • National Guidelines Clearinghouse
  • PEDro: Physiotherapy Evidence Database
  • Recommended for searches of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. PEDro is a free database of over 37,000  randomized trials,   systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy. PEDro is produced by Musculoskeletal Health  Sydney, School of Public Health at the University of Sydney and is hosted by Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA)

TRIP (Turning Research Into Practice) - a Meta-Search Engine

Citing Sources in Occupational Therapy

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (APA): 7th Edition, 2020.

The accepted format for citing research in occupational therapy is the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association.  You can find the print version in Watson Library's Reference and circulating collections.

Citing a journal article?  You must use the PubMed journal title abbreviation, found here in the NCBI databases.

In the EBSCO databases (SportDiscus, Medline with Full Text, CINAHL, and others), there is an AMA citation formatter.  From the individual article screen, choose "Cite" from the Tools menu, right hand side.  APA will be the second selection.  You can also use the Email link there to email the citation (and article, if available) to yourself. 

 EBSCO citation formats can be a helpful start, but may need fine-tuning.  Check the APA Manual of Style or consult your faculty or a librarian if you have questions.  


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