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Physical Therapy Subject Guide LRC@TCC

Scope of this guide: find books, articles, and more information for the study of physical therapy.

Browse TCC library shelves in the following areas:
Physical medicine, physical therapy RM695-893
Sports medicine RC1200-1245

Rehabilitation RD792-811
Human anatomy QM1-695

Keywords to search: electrotherapy, exercise, hydrotherapy, manipulation, massage, occupational therapy, phototherapy, physical medicine, physical therapy, physiotherapy, radiotherapy, recreational therapy, therapeutics, thermotherapy, names of specific disorders (e.g. tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis)

Health Databases (use MyTCC ID to login from off-campus)

Academic Search Complete

Academic Search Complete is the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5,990 full-text periodicals, including more than 5,030 peer-reviewed journals.

Alt Health Watch

This database focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers full text articles, pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research, and book excerpts.

Annual Reviews

Annual Reviews publications review 32 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Physical, and Social Sciences.


CINAHL is the authoritative resource for nursing and allied health professionals, students, educators and researchers. This database provides indexing for 2,928 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names.

Highwire Press
Look for full-text peer-reviewed articles from a variety of disciplines, including health sciences. Noted journals include Annals of Occupational Hygiene, International Journal for Quality in Health Care, and Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, just to name a few.


Get access to a large number of journals in the fields of clinical medicine, life sciences, and nursing. Use Your Journals@Ovid to limit to the full-text articles.

LearningExpress Library

Practice exams for the PTA certification

MEDLINE (or PubMed)

Free and open to the public, PubMed includes MEDLINE. MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Full text can be requested through interlibrary loan.

Wiley Online Library

Find full-text journal articles, books, and access to the Cochrane Library of Systematic Reviews as well as EBM Guidelines: Evidence-Based Medicine.

For other health-related subject guides, see the Health Portal.

Selected resources from the Web: 
American Physical Therapy Association

FSBPT The Federation Of State Boards Of Physical Therapy Information for licensing in the USA.

RehabEdge - The Online Physical Therapy Community A physical therapy community for professionals and students to share treatment ideas, discuss issues, and network.

The NISMAT Physical Therapy Corner is a center for Sports Medicine Physical Therapy tips and tricks for sports medicine professionals and athletes of all levels.

Physical Therapy - The Web Space Links to texts, journals, organizations, schools and much more.

PT Central includes exhaustive resources for the physical therapy student, the practicing clinician, and the public consumers of health care.