Links to Free Sources of Evidence

Evidence-Based Practice Resources for Occupational Therapists


This site offers free, full-text articles from over 1500 medical journals in various languages. Search by journal title or subject. Note: some of the journals are available for free for only a limited time, or some may be “embargoed,” a practice which makes current articles not viewable online for 6-36 months after publication. This site also links to Free Medical Books 4 Doctors and Free Medical Podcasts.

Directory of Open Access Journals provides access to more than 5000 scholarly international publications. Search for articles across journal titles, or browse through single issues. In order to be included in this database, the publisher must allow access from the date of publication.

Access to peer-reviewed journals and articles through the Stanford University Libraries.

Public Library of Science
Contains seven (including PLoS Medicine) peer-reviewed open access (free to all) journals.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) digital archive of biomedical and life science journal articles.

Clinical Queries feature of PubMed where search results are limited to specific clinical research areas.

Access to the British Medical Journal.

Evidence Based Resources

Netting the Evidence is a Google custom search that filters for evidence based practice results. To access, go to and enter Netting the Evidence into the search box.

Cochrane Reviews database offers access to abstracts and plain-language summaries of Cochrane systematic reviews.

The UK’s Centre for Reviews and Dissemination offers three databases to search, either separately or simultaneously: National Health Service Economic Evaluation Database (NHS EED), Database of Abstracts of Reviews and Effectiveness (DARE) and offers abstracts of critical assessments of systematic reviews focused on the effects of interventions used in health and social care. Such topics as prevention, rehabilitation, assessment and treatment are included.

Free with AOTA membership, this site contains links to summaries about OT interventions related to specific topics: Evidence Brief Series, CATs and CAPs. The AOTA Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Resource Directory provides links to websites related to the EBP of OT.

Database of abstracts of systematic review and randomized controlled trials related to OT.

Created by Australian OTs, this site contains nearly 50 Critically Appraised Topics (OTCATs) written by students and practitioners. A CAT is an overview, a shorter and less rigorous version of a systematic review, summarizing the best available research evidence on OT interventions.

PT evidence database created by the Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy in Australia and support by such organizations as the Cochrane Collaboration.

Critically appraised topics from McMaster/University of British Columbia online Master’s Program.

National Guidelines Clearinghouse – A comprehensive database of evidence based clinical practice guidelines.

Drug Resources

RX List – Imprint code search, Drug monographs, Patient information.

FDA – Medwatch Drug safety information and adverse event reporting, new and generic drug approval listing (1998-2002), national drug code directory, Electronic Orange Book.

The Drug Information and Pharmacy Resource Center (DIPRC) is a service that answers questions for health care professionals who take care of UF Health patients. At this time, we do not accept questions from providers outside the UF Health system (except referring physicians). The center’s primary goal is to improve the quality of patient care by answering drug-related questions.

American Hospital Formulary Drug Information and National Drug Data File access. Site is free, but registration is required.


This site contains nearly 400 titles in several languages. Simultaneously search through all titles, or you browse through a single book.

PubMed’s Bookshelf provides free access to over 700 texts in life science and healthcare.


Merck ManualsFree, online access to the Merck Manual of Medical Information, Home edition, Merck Manual of Health and Aging, The Merck Manual of Geriatrics, Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, or Merck Manual of Patient Symptoms.

Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body – Online access to the classic 1918 version.

Other Resources

National Library of Medicine (NLM) databases and electronic resources.

MedlinePlus is a National Library of Medicine resource that offers consumer health information including disease, drugs and supplements in multiple languages. Site contains a medical dictionary and encyclopedia.

“The TRIP Database is a clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.” You can simultaneously search hundreds of evidence-based systematic reviews, practice guidelines, and critically-appraised topics and articles including MEDLINE’s Clinical Queries, medical image databases, e-textbooks, and patient information leaflets.

Education Resources Information Network database of education-related journal articles and materials.

Psychological Database of Brain Impairment Treatment Efficacy includes studies of cognitive, behavioral and other treatments for psychological problems and issues occurring as a consequence of acquired brain impairment.

Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange at the University of Buffalo offers a database of international research related to rehabilitation; The International Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation; and maintains lists of conferences, workshops and other events.

National Rehabilitation Information Center offers free access to databases, abstracts, and other resources related to disability and rehabilitation research.

Access to more than 125 medical journals and textbooks; summaries presentations from major medical conferences; review articles, journal commentary, expert columns, patient education articles, book reviews. Access is free, but you have to register.

Social Science Research Network’s eLibrary consists of two parts: an Abstract Database containing abstracts on over 331,400 scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers and an Electronic Paper Collection currently containing over 268,100 downloadable full text documents in Adobe Acrobat pdf format. The eLibrary also includes the research papers of a number of Fee Based Partner Publications.

US Government Science Portal contains more than 45 databases and 2000 selected websites from 14 federal agencies including research and development results.