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OTA 140: Article Review Project (Andrews)

Use the databases and search tips in this guide to find an article for your presentation for Andrews (OTA 140).

What is in this guide?

This guide is for students in Andrews' OTA 140 class who are working on the article review presentation. If you have questions, please ask a librarian for help.

OTA 140

Background Info

Reference Sources

Use reference sources (medical encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.) to look up definitions and gather background information or basic facts about a topic. This will help build your vocabulary and in turn, help you create better search phrases.


As you read, take note of these things . . .

  1. Spelling: tumor (U.S. English) vs. tumour (British English)
  2. Terminology: stroke vs. cerebrovascular accident (CVA)
  3. Date: check the publication date

Search for Background Info

The following databases are great starting points for finding health-related background information. 

Off-Campus Access

Paw: Indicates that a password is needed to access the resource from off campus.The username and password to access databases from off campus is similar to what you use to access the PCC campus portal (myPittCC) and Moodle. For the username, use the first part of your myPittCC email address only. DO NOT include @my.pittcc.edu. The password is exactly the same as what you use to log in to the campus portal. Generic logins are available to community residents with PCC library cards, and others who are enrolled in or are affiliated with PCC programs and continuing education courses.