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Physical Therapist Assistant: How-Tos

Resources for physical therapist assistant program

How to retrieve scholarly articles

How to determine peer reviewed journal

  • Limit your search to peer-reviewed sources by checking a box on the search screen,  when searching for articles in certain interfaces (GALILEOEBSCO, etc).
  • Visit the journal's webpage for editorial statement or instructions to authors for references to the peer-review process.
  • If the print journal is available, read through the editorial statement or instructions to authors for references to the peer-review process.
  • Use Ulrich's international periodicals directory (Athens Ref Z6941 .P44).

How to cite in AMA style

Using the AMA citation

AMA manual of style : a guide for authors and editors (R119 .A533 2007 Reference Athens)

Citations found in GALILEO are not correct and must be edited. If the article has a DOI (digital object identifier), use that number at the end instead of the URL. If there is no DOI, give the URL and the date of access (Accessed: date). Do not include the database name. Do not include [serial online].

How to find journal abbreviations

Boolean Operators

UGA library card

Athens Tech library has a reciprocal borrowing agreement with the University of Georgia libraries. If you are ATC faculty, staff or a student in need of use of the UGA libraries, please come by ATC library and get the documents needed for UGA library card. 

How to find full text articles

1st choice:  GALILEO

2nd choiceO.W.L. (ATC Catalog)

3rd choice: GOOGLE Scholar  / GOOGLE (ResearchGate, and other open access)

4st choiceInterlibrary Loan (

*Please check open access articles via DOAJ for credibility.

How to set up Google Scholar

Interlibrary loan

Athens Tech library provides interlibrary loan services for its faculty, staff and students. If you need any material that you can't find in the library, please email your request to Qian Fang at

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