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Occupational Therapy Guide: Open Access Resources

Find targeted resources for research and referencing

Life after JCU

Don't forget basic search techniques:

  • “phrase searching” – to search for specific phrases
  • (brackets OR parentheses) – to group like terms
  • AND, OR, NOT - to connect keywords together

You can search specific websites or domains straight from Google search.

To search any Australian government website to see references to speech pathology simply type: "occupational therapy"

To search a specific website for information on a topic, simply type: "occupational therapy"

When you leave JCU you will no longer have access to updates for Endnote. You might like to consider the free options available to you via Zotero and Mendeley.

  • Basic software is free
  • 2GB cloud storage (Mendeley)
  • 300MB cloud storage (Zotero)
  • Desktop and online versions
  • Creates in-text citations and bibliographies
  • Imports PDS and metadata
  • One-click imports from web browser add-ons.


As JCU Alumni you are entitled to borrow books from JCU Library.

  • No charge for JCU alumni
  • Borrow up to 20 items for three weeks at a time
  • Cannot use eResources which are behind a paywall (databases etc)

You may like to investigate joining your local or state library.

  • The State Library of Queensland and The National Library of Australia have subscriptions to some electronic resources

Free Medical Journals

Useful Websites

As a professional it is important to stay on-top of current and emerging trends in the field. See the below list for ideas of how to stay up-to-date while you're out in practice.

  • Subscribe to newsletters from journals, organisations,
  • Create alerts/RSS feeds for databases or new journal articles on your area of interest
  • Be active on social media e.g. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn
  • Podcasts e.g. Researchers on the Record
  • Attend and participate in conferences
  • Make a ResearchGate profile, you can connect with authors/researchers on here.

Free Health Databases

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