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Occupational Therapy Assistant Library Resources

Use these resources to find evidence-based research on a variety of Occupational Therapy topics.

The SIFT Test



Make sure you collect quality, reliable sources.

One way to evaluate information is with the SIFT Test.

  • STOP
  • INVESTIGATE the Source
  • FIND Better Coverage
  • TRACE Claims, Quotes, and Media to the Original Context.

Use the SIFT to determine if your source is credible.

Quality Health Information Online

Below you will find a useful guide to finding quality health information online. The guide discusses search strategies, the best types of websites to utlize, and includes a list of recommended websites. In addition, you will find a handout that describes a detailed strategy for judging the credibility of websites.


Recommended Website Links

It can be difficult to find websites that have reliable information. Your instructors may restrict the types of websites used for a project because it can be difficult to find the author, if the site has been reviewed, or even when it was published. Anyone can add anything to the Internet, so it is best to proceed with caution, especially when researching a health-related topic. Here is a list of sites that contain authoritative information:

Occupational Therapy Information Sites

American Occupational Therapy Foundation

On this site, you can find information about research, scholarships, grants, and programs. The foundation also creates two different newsletters: Research Resources and Inside AOTF.

American Occupational Therapy Association

This professional websites includes information about the profession, research articles, and more. For access to some information, you need a subscription, but much of the information is open to everyone.


This consumer website provides objective information about thousands of assistive devices. The site does not directly sell anything, but does provide information about manufacturers.

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research

On this site you can find information about the latest research and programs available for those with disabilities. Click on the "Reports and Resources" link for helpful tools.

General Health Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This site has information about diseases, conditions, and other public health matters.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

This site has general information about health conditions, clinical trials, and updates on the latest medical research

AOTA Resources for Students