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Charlotte Beck
Woodward Library
2198 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, BC | Musqueam Traditional Territory
Canada V6T 1Z3
Phone: 604 822 2884

LIBRARY WORKSHOP: Finding the evidence for Small Group Tutorials and other assignments


We are looking forward to meeting you at the Library Workshop on October 12th!  To help us prepare a relevant workshop please let us know what you hope to learn and if you have any questions on this Google Doc. Thank you.


The library workshop will be focused on finding information at UBC. For the portion on finding recent occupational therapy research we will be using CINAHL (the Cumulated Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature database) to learn how to find information efficiently and effectively. 

As searching this database may be new to you, we request that you come prepared for the class by looking at the CINAHL Guided Exercise.  This tutorial takes you step by step you through the search process and will prepare you for the in class activities.

Please review the following modules (estimated time 15-20 minutes):

Thank you

Workshop Resources


After completing the modules in the CINAHL Guided Exercise, consider using these tips:

Finding information about theoretical models:

  • Search Subject heading MH Models, Theoretical and combine this with the key word occupational therap* using AND
  • Search specific models by both acronym and name: CMOP OR Canadian Model of Occupation

Using an alternative framework to PICO,

  • PEO or Person Environment Occupation
  • CoCoPop or Condition Context Population

Some useful Subject Headings (MH) for papers about: 

  • Occupation or meaning use MH Occupation(Human). See the Scope note:"engagement of activities that give meaning to life"
  • For Personal narratives: use MH Narratives OR MH Life Experience
  • For experience: use MH Attitude to illness OR MH attitude to health

Search for specific instruments or measurements (e.g. pain assessment)

  • Use the Instrumentation field  (see Tutorial)